The Chechakos (1924)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This tale of the Gold Rush days in the Klondike was produced by Austin E. Lathrop, who was once a prospector himself. Because of his experience -- and because the film was shot in Alaska -- this production is especially realistic. A group of Chechahcos (Eskimo for newcomers, or tenderfeet) are sailing for Alaska. The boat catches fire, and gambler Richard Steele (Alexis B. Luce) rescues a woman, Mrs. Stanlaw (Eva Gordon), while young prospector Bob Dexter (Albert Van Antwerp) saves Mrs. Stanlaw's child. Twelve years pass, during which mother and child are separated. The girl, Ruth (Gladys Johnston), grows up to be a pretty young woman who falls in love with Dexter. When Dexter, who has struck it rich, goes to a new dancehall, he finds Mrs. Stanlaw working there. She tells him the sorry story of her relationship with the wicked Steele. The dancehall burns to the ground, but Steele escapes with a dog team, with Dexter in pursuit. Ruth, meanwhile, has discovered the truth about her mother and gets lost on a glacier while trying to go to her. Steele, too, winds up on the glacier, but the piece he is on crumbles into the sea. Dexter saves Ruth once again, and brings her to Mrs. Stanlaw, who is waiting for her.

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daughter, engineering, family-reunion, gambling, girl, mother, profession, reunion, settler, shipwreck