The Chechahcos


1h 28m 1924

Brief Synopsis

Drama unfolds in Alaska as a young girl separated from her mother comes between the owners of a prosperous goldmine and a local saloon owner.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adventure
Silent
Release Date
May 15, 1924
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
Associated Exhibitors
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,600ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

"Horseshoe" Riley and Bob Dexter save Baby Margie when the Alaska-bound steamer on which she is riding is destroyed by a boiler explosion. A gambler named Steele permits the mother of the child, Mrs. Stanlaw, to believe that her little girl has drowned and then offers her his "protection." Margie grows to young womanhood and marries Bob. Steele buys a gambling house in which Mrs. Stanlaw is forced to sing. Bob and Riley discover the whereabouts of Mrs. Stanlaw and attempt to restore her to her daughter. The resentful Steele binds Bob to a chair and sets the house on fire. Bob escapes and goes after Steele, who is killed by a collapsing glacier. Mother and daughter are reunited.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adventure
Silent
Release Date
May 15, 1924
Premiere Information
not available
Distribution Company
Associated Exhibitors
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 28m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7,600ft (8 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by Alaska Film Archives. This version has an uncredited piano music score and runs 87 minutes.

The word "chechahcos" is Inuit for tenderfoot or newcomer.

The only film ever made by the Alaska Moving Picture Corp.

Notes

The Chechahcos was filmed entirely on location in Alaska Territory, under the supervision of Captain Lathrop, who had been one of the adventurers drawn to Alaska during the Gold Rush of '98.