Fun Size Review: The Trail of ’98 (1928)

Epic Alaskan prospectin’ movie that proved all too real for some unfortunate stuntmen. Typical “boy meets girl, boy gets gold fever, will boy get girl back?” sort of story. A bland affair with some highlights.

Leading lady Dolores Del Rio is excellent as the heroine who tries to keep everyone sensible and Tully Marshall and Karl Dane’s comedy relief is delightful but leading man Ralph Forbes is in over his head. The real highlight is seeing how very, very good western leading man Harry Carey could be at being very, very bad.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
Ralph Forbes sets Harry Carey on fire and wins back Dolores. Tully and Karl remain zany. Oh, and everyone strikes it rich.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: Vanilla Pudding. Not bad by any means but covers no new ground. Expect the expected.

Availability: Released on DVD.

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5 Replies to “Fun Size Review: The Trail of ’98 (1928)”

  1. This is high in my top ten silent films and I watch it frequently. Has any fight scene since ended so dramatically? I think not. I choke up over the death of thre young lad, it is announced so casually, after he bravely decides to carry on with the awful trek.
    I agree with you on the yumping yimminy nonsense and would gladly forego the theme song, but still love the film as a whole.

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