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Great film of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898.
This epic film, "The Trail of '98", is a 1929 silent film starring the incomparable and beautiful Delores del Rio, with Ralph Forbes as her co-star. The film is about the famous Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon Territory in the far northwest of Canada, a remote, and during the winter, an incredibly cold place. Tens of thousands of people with "gold fever" from all over North America and the world, made the incredibly difficult journey to the remote goldfields of the Klondike.While the film is fiction, not a documentary of that Klondike Gold Rush, many parts of the film of the 1896-1900 Klondike Gold Rush and the town central to it, Dawson City, in the Yukon territory, are true to what happened there. especially the task of even getting to that remote and inhospitable location, and the tragic events that sometimes happened along the way to the Yukon.That film also features, the wild west, or in this case, the wild northwest, atmosphere and happenings of the that Klondike town of Dawson City. The film starts with the potential miners leaving the port of San Francisco, then making their way by steamboat north to Alaska, before having to partake in the dangerous, incredible difficult, and sometimes tragic journey over mountains and along the Yukon river, to the Klondike Valley. Many perished along the way. This was before the train tracks were laid into that region of the Yukon, so the miners had to get there by foot over long distances deep into the Yukon.The miners who did make it to the Klondike gold fields were sometimes disappointed, and while some of the miners found plenty of gold and struck it rich, far more of the miners found little or no gold.Once in Dawson City, the miners found a typical wild west mining town, or in that case, a wild northwest mining town.This great film has joy, optimism, tragedy, romance, disappointment, criminals and scam artists, hard working people, greed and selfishness, honor and compassion, and perseverance.
Great Movie and Much Better Than The Gold Rush
- Whitham Reeve
The Trail of '98 is much more believable than the sophomoric The Gold Rush with Chapman. The music of The Trail of '98 also is far better than the monotonous music in The Gold Rush, and the characters more believable and realistic. These things are even more obvious when watching the movies one after the other. The Gold Rush is a good movie, but it does not compare to The Trail of '98.