Shadows of the North (1923)

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Edison Marshall's 1922 novel about prospectors in Northern Canada, The Skyline of Spruce, came to the screen the following year courtesy of Universal. Veteran action star William Desmond played "Wolf" Darby, who -- with his father "Pancake" (James O. Barrows) -- is prospecting in Canada when he is enlisted in the war. Wolf returns as a hero but finds his father killed by a gang of claim jumpers that included Jeffrey Neilson (William Welsh), the father of his girlfriend, Beatrice (Virginia Brown Faire). To get revenge, Wolf kidnaps Beatrice only to discover that her father was innocent in the slaying. With his faithful dog, King (Rin-Tin-Tin in his third film appearance), Wolf is able to track down the real culprit, nasty Ray Brent (Fred Kohler). A 1923 WAMPAS Baby Star, Faire is perhaps best remembered for playing Tinker Bell in Peter Pan (1924).