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The Yankee Clipper
The Yankee Clipper
Actors: William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Frank Coghlan Jr., John Miljan, Walter Long
Director: Rupert Julian
Genres: Drama, Special Interests
UR     2008     1hr 28min

The maritime rivalry between the United States and Great Britain in the middle decades of the nineteenth century has been used as the basis for the story, which begins when the youthful Queen Victoria bids God-speed to Lor...  more »


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Actors: William Boyd, Elinor Fair, Frank Coghlan Jr., John Miljan, Walter Long
Director: Rupert Julian
Creators: John J. Mescall, Robert LaPresle, Cecil B. DeMille, Denison Clift, Garnett Weston, Garrett Fort, John W. Krafft
Genres: Drama, Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Drama, Outdoor Recreation
Studio: TeleVista
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 10/07/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Televista offers inferior edition of an engaging film
David Shepard | California, USA | 03/28/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

""The Yankee Clipper" (1927), a Cecil B. DeMille production directed by Rupert Julian, is highly entertaining hokum but it is notable because it was largely photographed at sea on an 1856 well-founded wooden sailing ship which passes almost perfectly as a real clipper ship of the period. Unfortunately, Televista's DVD edition is cheap and sloppy: their source material is a duped copy of a 16mm print, so the b&w picture quality leaves much to be desired; it is also quite incomplete compared to a competing and much handsomer Flicker Alley release of the same film in its anthology DVD "Under Full Sail." That the Televista version has a longer running time than Flicker Alley's is due entirely to the video transfer being at a very much slower frame rate (painfully slow, in my opinion -- there is no fixed, established running speed for silent films). The music on the Televista release is a "needle-drop" score from phonograph records which works well for some scenes and is completely inappropriate for others. In the interest of full disclosure, I restored the version released by Flicker Alley, so although I am not a disinterested observer, I am very aware of the relative completeness and image quality of the two editions mentioned here."