The Grub-Stake (1923)

Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Filmed at Minnehaha Park near Spokane, Washington (with interiors made at Lionhead Lodge in Idaho), this outdoor melodrama starred enterprising Canadian actress Nell Shipman, who also served as producer, writer, and co-director. She played Faith Diggs, a naive girl tricked into a fake marriage to Alaska-bound gambler Mark Leroy (Alfred Allen). In Klondike, she finally learns about her "husband's" treachery and flees into the wilderness along with her invalid father. Living from the bounty of the land and caring not only for her father but various injured wildlife, Faith survives handsomely until "rescued" by Jeb (Hugh Thompson). They fall in love, stake a claim together, and repulse the nefarious Leroy, who accidentally falls to his death. An independent spirit who made her films far away from Hollywood, Nell Shipman is perhaps best remembered for starring in God's Country and the Woman (1916), during the filming of which she began her lifelong love affair with the Great Outdoors. Shipman's autobiography, The Silent Screen and My Talking Heart, was published 18 years after her death in 1970.