An Odyssey of the North (1914)

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Early silent filmmaker Hobart Bosworth both directed and starred in this drama of the frozen north. Not surprisingly, it is based on a story by Jack London, but it's more of a character study than an action tale. Naass (Bosworth) is the last surviving member of a family of northern sailors. He has been raised with a tribe of Eskimos and falls in love with Unga (Rhea Haines), who is the last of her line. But Axel Gunderson (Gordon Shekville) kidnaps her and takes her to his ship. She winds up falling in love with him and marrying him, but Naass, completely unaware of this development, goes in search of her. Just as he is about to find Gunderson, he is arrested by Russians for being in forbidden waters and sent to Siberia. He escapes and heads through Alaska, down to San Francisco, where he discovers that Gunderson and Unga have left for the Klondike. He makes up a phony map to a gold mine and uses it to trap Gunderson. Once they're out in the wilderness he kills his dogs and destroys the supplies. Naass watches his rival slowly starve to death. But when he reveals his identity to Unga, she denounces him and throws herself on Gunderson's body, preferring to die with him than be with Naass.

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treachery, wilderness