The Law of Contact

Klondike (August 30, 1932)

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Thelma Todd in Klondike
 

Released on August 30, 1932: Doctor Cromwell heads for the wilderness after his prominent patient dies following an experimental surgery, and heads for Japan to get away from it all, but runs into even more trouble.

Directed by Phil Rosen

The Actors: Thelma Todd (Klondike), Lyle Talbot (Dr. Robert Cromwell), Henry B. Walthall (Mark Armstrong), Jason Robards Sr. (Jim Armstrong), Priscilla Dean (Miss Porter, reporter), Tully Marshall (editor Hinman), Pat O'Malley (Burke, newspaper man), Myrtle Stedman (nurse Fielding), Ethel Wales (Sadie Jones), George Gabby Hayes (Tom Ross), Frank Hawks (Captain Donald Evans), Earl Dwire (jury foreman), Henry Hall (Doctor Lucas), Lafe McKee (Seth), Henry Roquemore (court clerk).

 

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I was excited as I started building this web site, but one day that excitement was replaced by fear and dismay. I had learned to meditate every morning and evening, asking first what my passion was, and after discovering it, asking each step of the way what I needed to do next. When I say that I meditate, let me explain a bit. I believe that 'prayer' is when I ask God a question, or talk to him with definite purpose. 'Meditation' is when I sit still, with all distractions gone, and wait for the small inner voice that is His answer and guidance. In those very quiet moments I have received all of the knowledge and wisdom that I have needed to follow my passion and build these web sites. Early in my journey as I was building my movie, television, radio and music web sites all was going well. I was building something that I could not find anywhere else on the internet, and I believed that it was something that a lot of people would enjoy. I built the web sites that I had searched for and not found. I was excited as it was all coming together. But one day disaster struck. It threatened to stop my entire effort. A day later another blow to my progress, and then a third crisis that should have forced me to abandon the entire project. In my quiet time I asked why I was getting hit so often and so hard from several different directions all at the same time. Was I being told that I should stop, and search for a different passion? Was I being told that I was not a big enough man to complete the dream that I was given? Did I have the knowledge and power to complete such a task, or was I missing something? Was I being told that this whole thing was folly, and I was following a fool's dream? Maybe there was a reason that I could not find any other web sites doing what I was attempting. Maybe it was not possible to do. Maybe I just wasn't smart enough to realize how impossible it would be. All of those thoughts kept running through my head for almost a month. In my times of meditation I didn't get the answers that I wanted. My problems didn't disappear in a day. All I got was, "Can you do one more day's work on the sites?"

And my answer was that I certainly could put one more movie on the movie site, and one more old television show on the television site. But what good would that do if it would all coming crashing down around my feet at any moment? Why should I waste my time on a project that seemed to be doomed? But during my morning meditation every day that small inner voice kept asking, "Are you able to add one more movie today?" So I kept going, thinking that very soon everything would be over, and the sites would be dark, unable to continue. I kept adding new videos to my passion sites, thinking that each day would be the last day. But a funny thing happened on the way to doom and destruction, . . . the storm clouds slowly went away, and every obstacle that threatened to stop these web sites was removed, one by one. I am surely grateful that I didn't listen to friends or even my own 'common sense' voice that told me I was following a fool's dream during those difficult weeks.

This movie brought all of those memories back, as I watched Lyle Talbot playing the part of a doctor who lost a prominent patient and then his license because it was believed that he killed the patient. His odyssey took him from New York to the wilds of Vancouver, Canada, where disaster and bad luck seemed to follow him. But pop your white kernel corn with a smile, and drizzle warm melted butter on it, and munch it with joy, because like my disasters, with a steady resolve and a good heart, they will only lead to a better day.

Henry B. WalthallHenry B. Walthall and Jason Robards Sr.
Henry B. WalthallHenry B. Walthall and Jason Robards Sr.
Henry B. Walthall and Thelma ToddHenry Hall and Myrtle Stedman
Henry B. Walthall and Thelma ToddHenry Hall and Myrtle Stedman
Jason Robards Sr.Jason Robards Sr.
Jason Robards Sr.Jason Robards Sr.
Jason Robards Sr. and Thelma ToddLyle Talbot
Jason Robards Sr. and Thelma ToddLyle Talbot
Lyle Talbot, 1932Lyle Talbot and Captain Frank Hawks
Lyle Talbot, 1932Lyle Talbot and Frank Hawks
Lyle Talbot and Henry B. WalthallLyle Talbot and Myrtle Stedman
Lyle Talbot and Henry B. WalthallLyle Talbot and Myrtle Stedman
Lyle Talbot and Priscilla DeanLyle Talbot and Priscilla Dean
Lyle Talbot and Priscilla DeanLyle Talbot and Priscilla Dean
Lyle Talbot and Thelma ToddLyle Talbot and Thelma Todd, 1932
Lyle Talbot and Thelma ToddLyle Talbot and Thelma Todd
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Thelma Todd and Ethel WalesThelma Todd and Lyle Talbot
Thelma Todd and Ethel WalesThelma Todd and Lyle Talbot
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Tully Marshall and Pat O'Malley
Tully Marshall and Pat O'Malley