The Grub Stake

The Grub Stake
  • 1923
  • US
  • Directed by: Nell Shipman, Bert Van Tuyle
  • Cast: Nell Shipman, Hugh Thompson, Alfred Allen

A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine.

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The 2017 Festival opens with a rare screening of this 1923 action adventure film directed by and starring Nell Shipman as a feisty young woman, who is lured to the Yukon with false promises of marriage and gold.

Shocked to learn of her lover’s deception, she sets off across the snowy mountains on dog sleighs in search of gold, with the villains in hot pursuit. Fist-fights and a dramatic chase follow as the tale twists and turns, ending with a breath-taking cliff-hanging finale.

Nell Shipman was a visionary, yet largely overlooked director, actress, writer and producer who left Hollywood stardom seeking creative freedom. A fearless and true pioneer of silent cinema she did all her own stunts, campaigned for animal welfare in films (expertly training her own wild menagerie) and succeeded outside the Studio industry.

This thrilling adventure is accompanied live by a newly commissioned score composed and performed by Jane Gardner and her musical team whose previous HippFest accompaniments include ‘Earth’, ‘The Black Pirate’, ‘The Goose Woman’ and ‘Dragnet Girl’.



Dir. Nell Shipman/Bert Van Tuyle, USA, 1923, 1h 40m + short, recommended PG



With Nell Shipman, Hugh Thompson, Alfred Allen, Lillian Leighton

Performing live: Composer Jane Gardner (piano), Nico Bruce (double bass), Beth Morrison (accordion), and Hazel Morrison (percussion).

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Reviews & features

HippFest director Alison Strauss on groundbreaking writer and director Nell Shipman

7 Feb 2017

The irrepressible director of The Grub Stake was an early cinema pioneer

As the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in Bo'ness opens with a rare screening of 1923 adventure The Grub Stake, Nikki Baughan explores the life and work of its irrepressible writer and director Nell Shipman For Alison Strauss, director of HippFest, The…

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