Langdon Towne is expelled from Harvard, ruining his chances of becoming a pastor. When he tells his hometown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, girlfriend Elizabeth he now wishes to be an artist, her pompous reverend father tells him that’s he’s not good enough for his beautiful daughter. The young man then goes to the local tavern and when drunk mouths off insults at Wiseman Clagett, the wealthy and well-connected crooked local Brit. To avoid arrest, Langdon and his best friend Hunk Marriner flee up Lake Champlain at Crown Point and try to get to Albany. On the way they meet Major Rogers, who gets the greenhorns drunk and enlists them in his Rangers because he needs the map-making services of Langdon. Rogers takes the Rangers on a dangerous assignment to avenge the hostile raids by the savage Abanaki tribe located at the St. Lawrence river near the Canadian border. The Rangers trek through inhospitable terrain and find they can’t trust their Mohawk guides, and therefore have to go the long way to get to their destination to avoid the French who are waiting to trap them. They reach St. Francis village by crossing the treacherous rapid river by forming a human chain. Once there they attack at dawn and set the village on fire and viciously slaughter the sleeping Indians for scalping children and settlers in the nearby villages, and free both the white and Indian captives. The trek back to their fort finds the Rangers suffering mentally from battle fatigue and physically from starvation and even exhibiting insubordination against their benevolent despotic leader. Taskmaster Rogers leaves the wounded behind, who are at the mercy of the Indians and the forces of nature. —Ozu’s World Movie Reviews
King Wallis Vidor (February 8, 1894 – November 1, 1982) was an acclaimed American film director whose career spanned nearly seven decades.
He was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900. His grandfather, Charles Vidor, was a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848 who settled in Galveston in the early 1850s.
A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, he made his debut as a director in 1913 with Hurricane in Galveston. In Hollywood from 1915, he worked on a variety of film-related jobs before directing a feature film, The Turn in the Road, in 1919. A successful mounting of Peg o’ My Heart in 1922 got him a long term contract with Goldwyn Studios, later to be absorbed into MGM. Three years later he made The Big Parade, among the most acclaimed war films of the silent era, and a tremendous commercial success. This success established him as one of MGM’s top studio directors for the next decade. In 1928, Vidor received… read more
Jack Conway (17 July 1887; Graceville, Minnesota – 11 October 1952; Pacific Palisades, California) was a film director and film producer, as well as an actor of many films in the first half of the 20th century. His full name was Hugh Ryan Conway. Under the name of John Conway, he was a co-director, co-producer and actor. He was the father of the actor Pat Conway (together with Virginia Bushman). He was also the father of writer Rosemary Conway (together with his first wife, silent film actress Viola Barry). —wikipedia
W. S. \“Woody\” Van Dyke II inaugurated his career at age three as a stage actor, in the company of his widowed actress-mother. When acting jobs were scarce, young Van Dyke worked as a miner, electrician and (allegedly) a soldier-for-hire in Mexico during the ‘teens. In 1916, he was hired as one of several assistants to director D.W. Griffith, working in this capacity on Griffith’s mammoth Intolerance. After assisting director James Young at Paramount, Van Dyke was allowed to direct his first solo film in 1917. He spent most of the 1920s laboring on quickie Westerns, earning a reputation for speed and efficiency. In 1928, he was brought into MGM’s troubled production White Shadows on the South Seas, which, under the snail’s-pace direction of Robert J. Flaherty (a brilliant documentary maker whose skills at fictional filmmaking was slight), was running way behind schedule. When White Shadows opened to critical and audience approval, Van Dyke was elevated to Hollywood’s A-list of directors… read more
Dining on death and/or in one end and out the other. Featuring Vidor’s Northwest Passage.