The Yankee Clipper

The Yankee Clipper

Director: Rupert Julian Cast: Bill Boyd, Elinor Fair, John Miljan


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One of the most readily available features of the silent era, The Yankee Clipper is happily also one of the best. A pre-Hopalong Cassidy William Boyd plays Hal Winslow, the scion of a prominent Boston shipbuilding family. Manning the helm of the Yankee Clipper, Winslow prepares to race The Lord of the Isles, a British vessel; the winner will control China's tea trade to America. The race begins at Foo Chow Harbor, where Winslow is paid a courtesy visit by Lady Jocelyn (played by Elinor Fair, then the wife of star Boyd), the daughter of the rival English captain. Lady Jocelyn is escorted by her fiance Paul de Vigny (John Miljan), whom we will learn in due time is a cad and bounder. The Yankee Clipper shoves off while Lady Jocelyn and de Vigny are still on board. They demand to be put ashore, but Winslow, anxious not to lose any sailing time, refuses. Lady Jocelyn's presence on board is resented by cabin boy Mickey (Junior Coghlan), who hates all "wimmin"; on the other head, crew member Iron Head Joe (Walter Long), "mongrel whelp of the high seas," begins drawing up plans to rape the girl at the first opportunity. An outsized typhoon imperils the Yankee Clipper, its crew and passengers, but stalwart Captain Winslow manages to save everyone from drowning. After the storm, the water supply is rationed. Angrily demanding more water, the crew joins a mutiny fomented by the treacherous de Vigny. Meanwhile, Iron Head Joe chases Jocelyn and Mickey to the very top of the rigging, intending to kill the boy and have his way with the girl. Both of the film's villains are foiled in very permanent fashion before the thrill-packed finale at Boston Harbor. One of the videocassette versions of The Yankee Clipper is introduced by surviving cast member Junior Coghlan, now better known as Frank Coghlan Jr.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2008
UPC: 0029502250850
Original Release: 1927
Rating: NR
Source: Televista
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 80,836

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Boyd Hal Winslow
Elinor Fair Jocelyn Huntington
John Miljan Richard
Walter Long Portuguese Joe
Burr McIntosh Mr. Winslow
Julia Faye Queen Victoria
Harry Holden Zachary Taylor
Clarence Burton Capt. McIntosh
Frank Coghlan Mickey
Stanton Heck American Mate
George Ovey Alf
Louis Payne Huntington
James Wang Chinese Merchant
Zack Williams Harn
Rupert Julian Actor
William Blaisdell Actor
Nicholas Soussanin Actor

Technical Credits
Rupert Julian Director,Producer
Claude Berkeley Editor
Denison Clift Original Story
Cecil B. DeMille Producer
Garrett Elsden Fort Screenwriter
John Hughes Art Director
Robert Lapresle Cinematographer
John Mescall Cinematographer
Garnett Weston Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Yankee Clipper
1. Competition [5:39]
2. Yankee Clipper [6:35]
3. Mickey Murphy [9:35]
4. Rescue [5:27]
5. Wager [9:47]
6. Farewell [6:13]
7. Madness! [7:49]
8. Typhoon [8:10]
9. Aftermath [6:31]
10. Water [5:52]
11. Scoundrel [7:23]
12. Yankee Fool [7:33]

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