White Desert (1925)

Genres - Adventure, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Adventure Drama  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Although MGM was known for its streamlined, quality pictures, that didn't mean all its product was glossy, high-budget stuff. Take, for example, this programmer -- a summer release about the frozen north (in the days before air conditioning, snow films were popular releases during the hot months -- supposedly, watching other people freeze cooled off the audience). The man in charge of constructing a railroad is pushing a tunneling job far too fast, and Barry, the engineer (Pat O'Malley), is very concerned about the consequences. His fears are confirmed because the dynamite blasts have weakened the snow ledges. One explosion sets off an avalanche which practically destroys the camp, leaving the workers blocked in without food. After many failed attempts, Barry decides to try saving the workers himself. His bravery wins the admiration of Robinette (Claire Windsor). He manages to tap the wires and request food and supplies, then he fires up the snow plow. Almost single-handedly, Barry saves the camp and wins Robinette's devotion, too.

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avalanche, dog-sled, driver, survivor