The Viking

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The Viking

newfoundland and labrador seal (animal) seal hunting

The Viking

Release Date: June 21, 1931

Year    :   1931
Slogan    :   «Actually produced during the Great Newfoundland Seal Hunt and You see the REAL thing»
Genres    :   Action, Drama, Romance, Adventure
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Director    :   George Melford, Varick Frissell
Producers    :   Varick Frissell, Roy P. Gates, Roy W. Gates
Writers    :   Garnett Weston, Garnett Weston
RunTime    :   70 mins.

Originally called White Thunder, American producer Varick Frissell's 1931 film was inspired by his love for the Canadian Arctic Circle. Set in a beautifully black-and-white filmed Newfoundland, it is the story of a rivalry between two seal hunters that plays out on the ice floes during a hunt. Unsatisfied with the first cut, Frissell arranged for the crew to accompany an actual Newfoundland seal hunt on The SS Viking, on which an explosion of dynamite (carried regularly at the time on Arctic ships to combat ice jams) killed many members of the crew, including Frissell. The film was renamed in honor of the dead.




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