Frozen Justice

Frozen Justice is a 1929 American 'all talking' drama film directed by Allan Dwan.[1] The picture starred Lenore Ulric in her first sound film and is based on the 1920 novel, Norden For Lov og Ret, by Ejnar Mikkelsen. A shorter, silent version of the film was also released.[2] The film was set in Nome, Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898 and 1899.[3]

Frozen Justice
Directed byAllan Dwan
Written bySonya Levien (scenario)
Owen Davis (additional dialogue)
Based onNorden For Lov og Ret
by Ejnar Mikkelsen
StarringLenore Ulric
Music byArthur Kay
CinematographyHarold Rosson
Charles G. Clarke (2nd unit)
Edited byHarold Schuster
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • October 25, 1929 (1929-10-25)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent
English intertitles

Both versions are now presumed lost.[2] One reel of the film still exists and is preserved at the Library of Congress.[3]

Cast

Reception

The film received mixed reviews from critics. While critics praised the scenery and atmosphere, most felt the story was weak. The critic for the New York Herald Tribune felt the story was "chiefly deficient" while Variety called the film "moderately good".[3]

The film premiered at the Roxy Theatre in New York City on October 25, 1929. The film's star, Lenore Ulric, and director Allan Dwan made a personal appearance at the premiere. Four days later, the stock market crashed which affected audience turnout as celebratory films about the gold rush were less of a draw.[3]

References

  1. Lombardi, Frederic (2013). Allan Dwan and the Rise and Decline of the Hollywood Studios. McFarland. p. 173. ISBN 0-786-43485-6.
  2. Frozen Justice at silentera.com
  3. Lombardi 2013 p.174
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