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The Silver Horde
The Silver Horde
Actors: Evelyn Brent, Louis Wolheim, Joel McCrea, Raymond Hatton, Jean Arthur
Director: George Archainbaud
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
NR     2006     1hr 15min

An early masterpiece, The Silver Horde was released in 1930, the first year of "talkie" films in Hollywood. Struggling against immense local opposition by pursuing the silver horde, celebrated schools of salmon which swarm...  more »


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Actors: Evelyn Brent, Louis Wolheim, Joel McCrea, Raymond Hatton, Jean Arthur
Director: George Archainbaud
Creators: John W. Boyle, Leo Tover, Otto Ludwig, William LeBaron, William Sistrom, Rex Beach, Wallace Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama
Sub-Genres: Classics, Drama
Studio: Roan Archival Group
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/04/2006
Original Release Date: 10/25/1930
Theatrical Release Date: 10/25/1930
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

scotsladdie | 11/11/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"It's rough-and-ready action set against the background of Alaskan salmon fishing. McCrea, in his first he-man part, is fighting both for control of a fishery as well as control of his love life. Dance hall floozy Evelyn Brent helps the macho man defeat Gavin Gordon, who plays Fred Marsh, a villainous competitor. Brent proves to be the real lady for him, not the high class Mildred Wayland (Jean Arthur). It's a fair piece of early talking cinema which works as well as can be expected. The scenes showing the canneries in action are interesting for their documentary style. It is seen best as a curio: Jean Arthur hasn't much to do here, as her comedic talents weren't realised yet. The great silent star, Blanche Sweet is shown in the inconsequential role of Queenie, and it belied her status in motion pictures (this was her swan song performance). Raymond Hatton, who plays McCrea's comic side-kick, Fraser is okay. Based on the hugely popular novel by Rex Beach, who also wrote THE SPOILERS."
Entertaining Adventure yarn
Fernando Silva | Santiago de Chile. | 08/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Thanks to Amazon I had the chance to watch a movie, not even listed in Maltin's Movie Guide, a real rarity. The vhs copy is ok, considering its age, and the plotline is entertaining indeed. You have silent movie star, Evelyn Brent, in the leading role, as the tough , hard-boiled, Cherry Malotte, so perfect for the role, that makes you wonder why didn't she achieve greatest stardom in the talkies. Physically speaking she resemebles ingenue Frances Dee (Joel McCrea's wife since 1933), but her screen persona is in the style of an early '30s Barbara Stanwyck type. Also in the cast, a young Joel McCrea, as the regular guy Cherry falls for, a pre-Capra Jean Arthur, as McCrea's silly and spoiled rich fiancée, Gavin Gordon, who the same year co-starred with Garbo sans-moustache in "Romance", as the bad guy, Louis Wolheim and Raymond Hatton, as McCrea's sidekicks, and Silent Screen Star Blanche Sweet, as Queenie, in her final film appearance as a floozy who's Cherry's pal. In all it's a pleasent experience and film buffs will have a field day with it. Very realistic footage of the Salmon Business and some fine location filming in Alaska. '30s fanatics, give it a try."
J. A. Torrontegui | Spain | 07/22/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I was surprised at the high ratings the other reviewers gave this movie but after reading them I see we don't dissent that much.
It's true the movie has great production values and interesting docu-style scenes, but it's mostly a curio, and for 30's fanatics only.
I consider myself in love with pre-code movies, but that doesn't mean I'll swallow anything, and this one really didn't deliver for me. It's slow, boring, not any fun.
If I'm being a little too hard, maybe it's because the image quality was a big turn off. Roan can claim whatever they want in their covers but this wasn't mastered from nothing near original elements. The master seems a mega-soft vhs tape or something like that. This is only good for no bigger than 28'' square tv-s and the like.
The Salmon Chase
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 12/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"THE SILVER HORDE is a remake of a 1920 silent photoplay. It's set in Alaska, where the novel's author Rex Lease spent five years as an unsuccessful Gold Rush prospector. The titled "horde" are salmon.

Boyd Emerson (McCrea) and his pal Fraser (Hatton) explore Alaska's wilderness. They meet copper miner Cherry Malotte (Brent) and she puts together a business deal for Boyd, as operator of a salmon fishery. Cherry loves Boyd but his heart belongs to a Seattle deb named Mildred Wayland (Arthur). Mildred's jealous father (Pratt) and the owner of a rival fishing fleet (Gordon) try to sabotage Boyd's business. The ensuing confrontation has tragic results.

ALPHA VIDEO is a provider of vintage movies, serials and TV programs, many of which aren't available elsewhere. Their prices are fair, but so is transfer quality of some of their offerings. None have undergone restoration, yet the market scarcity of their material and an honest price make these DVDs a worthwhile purchase.

SHADOW OF CHINATOWN (1936) is another interesting ALPHA obscurity. This Bela Lugosi feature was originally a 15-part serial.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 viewer poll rating found at a film resource website.

(6.4) The Silver Horde (1930) - Evelyn Brent/Louis Wolheim/Joel McCrea/Raymond Hatton/Jean Arthur/Gavin Gordon/Blanche Sweet/Purnell Pratt


EVELYN BRENT was a fashion model as a teenager. In the late silent era, she was a favorite of director Josef Von Sternberg.

LOUIS WOLHEIM had a minor role in John Barrymore's DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1920), and was the executioner in D.W. Griffith's classic ORPHANS OF THE STORM (1921).

Pasadena, CA native JOEL MCCREA was the grandson of a western stagecoach driver who fought against the Apaches.

RAYMOND HATTON had a 48 year movie career that began in 1909. He's best remembered for the Rough Riders and Three Mesquiteers western series.

JEAN ARTHUR debuted on screen in CAMEO KIRBY (1923), and was last seen in SHANE(1953).

Except for a cameo in THE FIVE PENNIES (1959), this was Blanche Sweet's last film."