Cast & Crew
Boyd Emerson and Fraser drive their dog team into the Alaskan fishing village of Kalvik to find it is dominated by the brutal Balt, whom Boyd thrashes. Cherry Malotte, a notorious dancehall girl, puts an end to the argument and offers them hospitality, telling them of Marsh, a ruthless exploiter, who will permit no outsiders to settle there. Cherry, developing a copper lode, takes Boyd into partnership, having fallen in love with him, and schemes to stake him through Tom Hilliard, a Seattle banker, planning to refinance Balt's fishery and compete with Marsh. Boyd, Fraser, and Balt leave for Seattle, where Boyd calls on Mildred Wayland, his sweetheart, who is promised to Marsh. Boyd secures financial aid, but Marsh stops his credit. Cherry, however, comes to his aid, and with the salmon industry in Salvik in full swing, Boyd comes into conflict with Marsh. Fishing fleets meet in hand-to-hand battle, and Marsh is beaten; he seeks revenge by slandering Cherry, but Boyd counters with Queenie, a discarded old flame. Balt takes revenge on Marsh, strangling him, and Boyd and Mildred are united in love.
The Silver Horde
The film was a significant one for 25-year-old McCrea, who then had only one other lead to his credit. RKO soon signed him to a contract, and it was at that studio that the plainspoken actor built his reputation as a solid leading man in the Gary Cooper mold with such films as Born to Love (1931) and The Richest Girl in the World (1934).
Jean Arthur, eight years away from her breakthrough performance in The More the Merrier (1943), was still in her ingenue stage at the time of The Silver Horde. After her quicksilver presence and lovably croaky voice had made her a major star, she reteamed with McCrea for Adventure in Manhattan (1936) and, most notably, The More the Merrier (1943).
Producer: William LeBaron, William Sistrom (associate)
Director: George Archainbaud
Screenplay: Wallace Smith, from novel by Rex Beach
Cinematography: John W. Boyle, Leo Tover
Scenery/Costume Design: Max Ree
Editing: Otto Ludwig
Cast: Evelyn Brent (Cherry Malotte), Joel McCrea (Boyd Emerson), Jean Arthur (Mildred Wayland), Gavin Gordon (Frederick Marsh), Blanche Sweet (Queenie), Louis Wolheim (George Balt).
by Roger Fristoe
The Silver Horde
I'm Cherry Malotte! They know about me from San Francisco to Sitka. My reputation's got marks on it I couldn't rub off if I wanted to! I am what I am! I don't know how they finally settle things in this world or the next, but when the day comes I'll stand there with my chin up and take what's coming to me. And I wouldn't trade places with you, you white-livered, sweet-smelling hypocrite if they gave me a one-way ticket to Hell!- Cherry Malotte