This week’s mystery movie has been the 1928 MGM film “The Viking,” with Pauline Starke, Donald Crisp, LeRoy Mason, with a screenplay by Jack Cunningham from Ottilie A. Liljencrantz’s “The Thrall of Leif the Lucky.” The film was produced by Herbert T. Kalmus, photographed by George Cave and edited by Aubrey Scotto with settings by Tec-Art. The supervising art director was Carl Oscar Born, color art director Natalie Kalmus, with associate artists Jack Holden, Andre Chotin and Lewis W. Physioc. It was directed by R. William Neill.
“The Viking” was released on DVD by Warner Archive, but was apparently discontinued.
Writing in the New York Times (Nov. 29, 1928), Mordaunt Hall said:
Although the figures often look as if they had stepped out of an opera comique, there is something compelling about “The Viking,” an all-Technicolor production launched last evening in the cozy Embassy Theatre. The story is based on Ottilie A. Liljencrantz’s novel “The Trail of Lief the Lucky,” which concerns the hardy Norsemen who are supposed to have crossed the Atlantic one thousand-odd years ago and landed on this country’s soil.
The prismatic effects in this production may not always be the desired quality, especially when it concerns fire and water, but they are none the less agreeable. There is the glint of metal and the flashing of semi-precious stones on the wristbands of the horned or wing helmeted, flaxen-haired warriors of bygone ages. Occasionally there are scenes that are like beautiful paintings, but here and there the colors, while they do not fringe or mix, are not quite true.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Lon Poff.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is Anders Randolph.
For Wednesday, we have a mystery gent.
Update: This is LeRoy Mason.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie and mystery guests).
For Thursday, we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is Pauline Starks.
Brain Trust roll call: Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest), Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery guest), Dan Nather (mystery movie and mystery guests) and Don Danard (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery guest).
And for Friday, we have a mystery gent with a steel fedora.
Update: This is Donald Crisp.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie and mystery guests), Howard Mandelbaum (Thursday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery woman) and Bob Hansen (mystery movie).