The Spoilers (1923 film)

The Spoilers is a 1923 American silent drama film directed by Lambert Hillyer. It is set in Nome, Alaska during the 1898 Gold Rush, with Milton Sills as Roy Glennister, Anna Q. Nilsson as Cherry Malotte, and Noah Beery, Sr. as Alex McNamara. The film culminates in a saloon fistfight between Glennister and McNamara.

The Spoilers
Film still
Directed byLambert Hillyer
Produced byJesse D. Hampton productions
Written byElliott J. Clawson
Based onThe Spoilers
by Rex Beach
StarringMilton Sills
Anna Q. Nilsson
Noah Beery, Sr.
CinematographyJohn Stumar
Dwight Warren
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • August 5, 1923 (1923-08-05)
Running time
80 minutes; 8,020 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Spoilers was adapted to screen by Elliott J. Clawson from the 1906 Rex Beach novel of the same name. Film versions also appeared in 1914, 1930 (with Gary Cooper as Glennister), 1942 (with John Wayne as Glennister, Marlene Dietrich as Malotte, and Randolph Scott as McNamara), and finally in 1955.[1]

The character of Cherry Malotte also appears in Beach's The Silver Horde.


Survival status

A print of The Spoilers is listed as being held by the Gosfilmofond Russian state archive.


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