A robust potboiler from Universal, THE ICE FLOOD stars Kenneth Harlan as Jack De Quincey, a handsome youth returning from Oxford to take part in his father's Oregon lumber business. But Jack demands to work incognito and bets the elder DeQuincey (George Irving) 10,000 dollars that he will not only survive among the roughhewn loggers but prosper. Jack immediately earns the enmity of the camp bully, Pete (Frank Hagney), who takes umbrage to the newcomer's interest in Marie (Viola Dana), the daughter of Superintendent O'Neill (DeWitt Jennings). But Jack not only bests Pete in a fair fight and gets medical attention for little Billy (Billy Kent Schaefer), the camp mascot who suffers from a clubfoot, but also saves Marie from the dangerous natural disaster of the title. THE ICE FLOOD was based on a 1918 short story by Zorro creator Johnston McCulley and had previously been filmed by Universal under its original title, THE BRUTE BREAKER (1919). According to some reports, Walter Brennan appears as one of the loggers in this film.
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