~The Viking~
1928
Directed by: Roy William Neill

Written by:
Jack Cunningham - Screenplay
Randolph Bartlett - Titles

Based on novel "The Thrall of Leif the Lucky," by Ottilie A.
Liljencrantz        
~Cast~

Donald Crisp ... Leif Ericsson
Pauline Starke ... Helga
LeRoy Mason ... Alwin
Anders Randolf ... Eric the Red (as Anders Randolph)
Richard Alexander ... Sigurd
Harry Woods ... Egil (as Harry Lewis Woods)
Albert MacQuarrie ... Kark
Roy Stewart ... King Olaf
Torben Meyer ... Odd
Claire McDowell ... Lady Editha (as Claire MacDowell)
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Thorhild
Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Gives Sword to Alwin (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Viking Friend of Leif (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Friar Slain by Vikings (uncredited)
Angelo Rossitto ... Viking Dwarf (uncredited)
Dick Sutherland ... Viking (uncredited)
~Remaining Credits~

Production Company: Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation

Distribution Company: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

Produced by: Rerbert T. Kalmus
Music by: William Axt
Cinematography by: George Cave
Film Editing by: Aubrey Scotto
Supervising Art Director: Carl Oscar Borg
Associate Artist: André Chotin
Associate Artist: Jack Holden
Color Art Director: Natalie Kalmus
Associate Artist: Lewis W. Physioc
Presenter: Herbert T. Kalmus
Manger of Production: J.T. Reed

Length: 9 Reels
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Released: November 2, 1928
~Plot Synopsis~
The Technicolor "spectacular" The Viking was loosely based on the exploits of Norwegian explorer
Leif Ericsson. Using O. A. Liljencrantz' highly fanciful novel Leif the Lucky as its guide, the film
weaves a delightfully inaccurate account of Ericsson's bold journey from Scandinavia to the coast of
America. Sporting a Snub Pollard mustache, Donald Crisp stars as Ericsson, while the love interest
was left in the hands of Pauline Starke. The villainy was handled by Anders Randolf, cast as
Ericsson's treacherous first mate. Highlights include the Vikings' attack on England, with raping and
pillaging aplenty; a mutiny fomented by the villain, which is thwarted through sheer force of will by
Ericsson; and the Viking captain's sudden conversion to Christianity. Although the improved
Technicolor process was stunning and the production values first-rate, The Viking was an expensive
flop -- precisely the sort of picture MGM didn't need during the chaotic switchover to talkies.

Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson, AllMovie.com
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