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The Johnstown Flood (1926)

Tom O'Day is loved by two women, Anna Burger and Gloria Hamilton. Tom has no idea of Anna's love for him, and he becomes engaged to Gloria. Gloria's father, John Hamilton, is a wealthy ... See full summary »


Irving Cummings


Edfrid A. Bingham (story) (as Edfrid Bingham), Robert Lord (story) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Tom O'Day
Florence Gilbert ... Gloria Hamilton
Janet Gaynor ... Anna Burger
Anders Randolf ... John Hamilton, Lumber Camp Boss
Paul Nicholson ... Joe Hamilton
Paul Panzer ... Joe Burger, Ann's Father
George Harris George Harris ... Young Sidney Mandel
Max Davidson ... David Mandel
Walter Perry Walter Perry ... Pat O'Day
Sid Jordan Sid Jordan ... Mullins
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Tom O'Day is loved by two women, Anna Burger and Gloria Hamilton. Tom has no idea of Anna's love for him, and he becomes engaged to Gloria. Gloria's father, John Hamilton, is a wealthy lumber man who controls a dam upstream of the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He wants the water behind the dam kept at the highest level in order to facilitate his logging contracts. But Tom knows that the dam is faulty and endangers thousands of people in the valley below. A massive flood seems inevitable unless Tom can convince Hamilton to allow the floodgates to open and reduce the danger. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Eight Towns Destroyed, 12,000 Lives Sacrificed, Scenes of Terror and Moments of Inspiring Heroism- Disaster Sought to Seperate them but Heroism reunited them, The Thrilling Romance of a Boy and Girl who survived the Terrifying Experience of THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (Print Ad- The Press, ((Christchurch, NZ)) 19 March 1927)





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The scenes of the town flooding have been used in Flaming Frontiers (1938) and Mystery of the River Boat (1944). See more »


The Prime Video "Watch Now" links on this page launch a 1992 production with the same title but with different actors instead of this one. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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Janet Gaynor Saves the Day
26 January 2020 | by drednmSee all my reviews

THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD is a good silent film with some spectacular flood scenes. The plot has George O'Brien as a young engineer working for a lumber company owned by snarky Anders Randolf. He has a big new lumber contract to fulfill and is going full steam to do so. Although he's warned that the dam (which he owns) is structurally unsound, his lead engineer (Paul Nicholson) tells him it has been repaired. That's a lie, but Randolf is willing to believe it because the dam regulates the river which ensures the logs go downstream. Into this fray come Florence Gilbert, O'Brien's fiancee Gloria (and Randolf's niece). There's also Janet Gaynor as the young Anna, daughter of a logging foreman (Paul Panzer). She loves O'Brien, but he only has eyes for Gloria. Others in the cast include Max Davidson as the local department store owner. His role is meant to be comic relief, but the Jewish stereotype gets to be a bit much. There's also Kay Deslys in a dance number during a local show. Among the bit players are Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, and Gary Cooper! Rumor has it that Florence Lawrence is also recognizable.

Special effects aside, the real star here is Miss Gaynor. I had thought she had a small role early in her career, but she's actually the female co-lead and she's excellent. While Gilbert plays it straight as the lovely niece who eventually lands O'Brien, Gaynor's role allows her to do some comedy as the teenager and she gets the big scene when she saves the day (sort of) by galloping through the town on a horse, warning people the dam is about to blow.

Directed by Irving Cummings and photographed by George Schneiderman, this was one of the big hits of 1926 and helped make Gaynor a major star at the Fox Studio.

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28 February 1926 (USA) See more »

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A Inundação See more »

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Groveland, California, USA See more »

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