Although documentary filmmaker Captain F.E. Kleinschmidt got himself in quite a bit of hot water for supporting the Germans during World War I, he continued making and releasing documentaries about the frozen north into the 1920s. This entry, released by the Lee-Bradford Corporation, involves an expedition which took the captain, his wife, and his crew from Seattle to the Yukon. In addition to the usual footage of Eskimos and majestic glaciers, there are a couple of tense situations. At one point, two members of Captain Kleinschmidt's party are stranded on an ice floe and are carefully rescued (the ship could have easily knocked them into the water). Later on, a baby polar bear is captured, infuriating the mother. In fact, the mother polar bear put up such a fight that Kleinschmidt took pity on her and let her baby go (a heartwarming moment for the audience). The titles came from Mrs. Kleinschmidt's own journal. This documentary was released during the height of summer -- a nice change of scenery for overheated filmgoers who did not yet have the benefit of air conditioning.
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