A Romance of the Ice Fields (1912)

Dan Wilson, working on the Kennebec River, is very much in love with his landlady's daughter, Jess. The feeling is reciprocated, which causes Alec, the foreman of the job, also in love with... See full summary »


Oscar Apfel




Cast overview:
George Lessey ... Dan Wilson
Miriam Nesbitt ... Jess - the Landlady's Daughter
Guy Hedlund ... Alec - the Job Foreman
Harold M. Shaw ... The Job Applicant
Mrs. William Bechtel Mrs. William Bechtel ... The Landlady
May Abbey ... The Landlady's 2nd Daughter


Dan Wilson, working on the Kennebec River, is very much in love with his landlady's daughter, Jess. The feeling is reciprocated, which causes Alec, the foreman of the job, also in love with Jess, to become jealous and he tries his best to make life miserable for Dan by abusing his authority as foreman. One day a poorly clothed tramp applies for work and is put to loading ice under Dan's direction. The cold, however, is too severe and while stopping to warm up he is reprimanded by the foreman, and is about to be discharged, when Dan removes his coat and gloves and gives them to the tramp. This action so angers Alec that be flings the garments to the ground. Dan forces him to pick them up again and hand them to the half-frozen wretch. This incident only serves to increase the ill feeling existing between the men. Later in the day while Dan is cutting ice, bordering the open channel of the river, Alec sees his opportunity to avenge himself and, stealing up behind him, pries loose the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama







Release Date:

18 May 1912 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Kennebec Falls, Maine, USA

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Production Co:

Edison Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the documentary Scenes in Delhi, India (1912). See more »

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There is no great demand for such risks
19 November 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A picture that seems to have reached far for a terribly thrilling climax, so far indeed that the effect is almost as though it had failed to get it. The hero actor had to jump into icy waters of a swift- flowing river that is carrying thick ice and to do this at the very lip of what seems to be a dangerous fall. There was a rope strung across; but he ran some danger of missing this. As far as we can discover there is no great demand for such risks. In this case, the attention is taken away from the story, as a story, and given wholly to the actor's real action at the making of the picture. The highest art would not permit our minds to lose the story thus; it would shun doing so. This was the more marked because the incident that set the hero on a cake of ice was not at all convincing. If a thrill alone is wanted, this climax gives it. The story is not fresh or strong. As a picture of the ice harvesting, it is very good; for the photographs are excellent. - The Moving Picture World, June 1, 1912

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