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Anders Randolf (standing, left), Julia Swayne Gordon (to his left) and
Pauline Starke (seated, center-right).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
 
The Viking
(1928) American
Color : Nine reels / 8394 feet
Directed by R. William Neill (Roy William Neill)

Cast: Donald Crisp [Leif Ericsson], Pauline Starke [Helga Nilsson], Le Roy Mason [Lord Alwin, Earl of Northumbria], Anders Randolph (Anders Randolf) [Eric the Red, Leif’s father], Richard Alexander [Sigurd], Harry Lewis Woods (Harry Woods) [Egil the Black], Albert MacQuarrie [Kark], Roy Stewart [King Olaf], Torben Meyer [Odd, the cowardly mutineer], Claire McDowell [Lady Editha, Alwin’s mother], Julia Swayne Gordon [Thorhild, Leif’s mother]; [?] ? [Kark’s father], [?] ? [Ragnar Oleson], [?] Binunsky Hyman? [the horn blower], [?] ? [Rolf], [?] ? [Einar]

Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation production; distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corporation [A Technicolor Production]. / Produced by Herbert T. Kalmus. Screen play (scenario) by Jack Cunningham, from the novel The Thrall of Leif the Lucky by Ottilie A. Liljencrantz (Ottilia Adelina Liljencrantz). Production manager, J.T. Reed. Supervising art director, Carl Oscar Borg. Color art director, Natalie Kalmus. Associate artists, Jack Holden, Andre Chotin and Lewis W. Physioc. Settings (set design) by Tec-Art (Tec-Art Studios). Photography (cinematography) by George Cave. Intertitles by Randolph Bartlett. Film edited by Aubrey Scotto. Presented by Herbert T. Kalmus. / © 29 July 1929 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation [LP553]. Released 2 November 1928. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format? Technicolor No. 3 two-strip color process. Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system. / This Technicolor production was purchased by Irving Thalberg for MGM release, and released with a soundtrack added by MGM. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

Drama: Historical.

Survival status: Print exists [35mm Technicolor positive].

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Color cinematography - Danes - Dwarves - English - Greeks - Greenland - Mutinies - Norway - Religion: Christianity - Slaves - Synchronized sound film - Vikings

Listing updated: 3 December 2010.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Basten-Technicolor pp. 39-41, 170; Eyles-Missing p. 14; McCaffrey-Guide p. 5; Pitts-Hollywood pp. 282-283; Shipman-Cinema p. 98 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb.

 
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