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The Crimson West

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Title:The Crimson West
Author:
Philip, Alex   
(1 of 3 for author by title)
The Painted Cliff
Published:   1925
Publisher:Thomas Allen
Tags:British Columbia, Canada, Canadiana, fiction, film/TV adaptation
Description:

Alex Philip’s first novel, The Crimson West, was turned into a fairly successful film called ‘The Crimson Paradise’ (or ‘Fighting Playboy’ in the U.S.) in 1933. It was the first Canadian talkie and was shot entirely in Victoria, B.C.

Spoiled, Young, Wastrel Donald Maclean has disgraced his family with his drunken antics, and is turned out of the family home until he can make a man of himself. Meeting up with a "Timber Beast" whom he helps out of a dangerous scrape, Don heads (on borrowed dollars) west to find work in Canada in the timber trade. Forest fires, Wobblies, workers unrest and a peculiar but attractive young woman await him as he changes from a part time playboy to a hard working lumber boss. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Philip, Alex

Alex Philip (1882-1968) was an American who settled in British Columbia in 1915. He opened Rainbow Lodge on Alta Lake in 1915 near the contemporary Whistler Ski Resort. Philip and his wife pioneered the tourism field in the region. While working at the lodge, Philip wrote three novels set in the coastal and interior landscapes of British Columbia. (Carole Gerson)

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