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13 Ratings

The Grub Stake

United States, 1923
Drama, Silent


A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine. She takes her ailing father with her, only to discover when she gets there that the gambler was lying to her and actually planned to sell her to a dance hall.

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The Grub Stake Directed by Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle

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  • yodh's rating of the film The Grub Stake

    3,5 Woman directed protowestern that touches on gender equality and, insularizing cruelty in script, spotlights the "Homo homini lupus" mores of Gold Rush years. Intermittent, the eroto-savage archipelago is equally potent. Unlike de Toth's '59 snow desert rapable female mannequins, the woody wilderness lets Shipman draw herself as Diana - part naive bucolic fantasy, part alternative setup for coexisting with nature.

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