Fun Size Review: Nomads of the North (1920)

Lon Chaney! Famed the world over for his portrayal of monsters, psychopaths, men on the path to self-destruction and… lovey-dovey backwoods fur trappers?

Yes, Mr. Chaney was tapped as the romantic lead in this hot mess and the result was not pretty. The miscast Chaney is further hampered by a very strange script, which features talking animals, an overstaffed RCMP and a villain named Bucky. Truly a curio.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Lon Chaney survives (!) and wins the heart and hand of his true love (!!!) Bucky burns to death in a forest fire.

Read my full-length review here.

If it were a dessert it would be: A S’mores Burger. Some things that are good on their own just do not belong together. Lon Chaney and lumberjack movies are two of these things.

Availability: Released on DVD by Image along with another Chaney film, The Shock. The Image release has a cheeky, fun score from Robert Israel, which adds considerably to its entertainment value. This disc is out of print and I have not viewed any of the budget editions.


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