Cast & Crew
Hettie Gray Baker
George W. Hill
Having made eleven million dollars in Alaska during the gold strike, Elam Harnish, known as "Burning Daylight," leaves for San Francisco, unaware that Nell, a dance hall girl who loves him, has killed herself because of his departure. In San Francisco, Harnish nearly loses his fortune to scheming financiers but emerges from the experience a formidable competitor in the financial world. His life in the city, however, makes him cruel and dependent on pleasure. Gradually he realizes that he is in love with his stenographer, Dede Mason, who resists his courtship. Eventually Harnish, forced to choose between Dede and his fortune, sacrifices his money and returns to Alaska with Dede.
London's novel was serialized in the New York Herald between June 19, 1910 and August 28, 1910. The film, which contains scenes shot in San Francisco and Truckee, CA, was the second part of a two-part release (see listing above for Burning Daylight: The Adventures of "Burning Daylight" in Alaska). Items in the Jack London collection suggest that the two parts May have been shown together occasionally as a long single feature, and that the second part May eventually have been cut to four reels. Actors from the first part May have appeared in the early scenes of the second part. According to the 1918 MPSD, Elmo Lincoln was in one or both parts. London's novel was filmed again in 1920 by Metro; and in 1928 by First National, with Milton Sills starring and Charles J. Brabin directing (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0691).