The Law of the Yukon

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The Law of the Yukon
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Directed by Charles Miller
Screenplay by Harry Chandlee
Based onThe Law of the Yukon
by Robert W. Service
Starring June Elvidge
Edward Earle
CinematographyA. H. Vallet
Al Leach
Distributed byRealart Pictures Corporation
Release date
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  • September 1920 (1920-09)
Running time
Six reels
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Law of the Yukon is a 1920 American silent drama film inspired by the poem, The Law of The Yukon, by Robert W. Service. The film was directed by Charles Miller, and stars June Elvidge and Edward Earle. [1] [2] Portions of the movie were filmed at the Artic City studio in Port Henry, New York. [3]



As described in a film magazine, [4] Morgan Kleath (Earle), a young newspaper man from San Francisco, arrives in the Yukon to start a paper. His welcome is an insult from Joe Duke (Velmar), a belligerent native, that results in the latter's first defeat and brews trouble to follow for Kleath. Goldie Meadows (Deaver), the adopted daughter of Tim Meadows (Smiley), keeper of the dance hall wins the heart of Kleath, increasing Duke's rage. A robbery instigated by associates of Duke leaves clues that point to Kleath as the guilty man. Claire Meredith (Elvidge), wife of Dr. Meredith (Cooper), and Tiny Tess, a habitué of the dance hall, supply the weak souls to perish in the country's crushing power, and their two love affairs make side issues from the main romance of Kleath and Goldie. As the noose begins to threaten Kleath, his unfaithful wife arrives from 'Frisco to reveal his freedom from blame and breathes her last with the end of her testimony, permitting the union of the lovers.


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  1. "The Law of the Yukon". The Ogden Standard. August 16, 1920. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  2. "The Law of the Yukon". American Film Institute.
  3. "Arts & Leisure Timeline". Adirondack History Center Museum. Retrieved September 13, 2014.
  4. "Reviews: The Law of the Yukon". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 11 (8): 87–88. August 21, 1920.