You are here

The Kinsmen

Accession number: 
Alternate Titles: 
Prairie Gold
British version


Directors of Photography:




Other Personnel:

Production Years: 


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
3983 (35mm); 1500 (16mm)
Length (minutes): 
43, 19 (UK version)
Holding Institutions: 

Library and Archives Canada: 35mm, 16mm, 3/4", VHS.
"Documentary about wheat farming in the Prairies, beginning with the story of Scots immigrant David Fife, who developed the hardy Red Fife wheat that made successful wheat farming in Canada possible. The film shows: David Fife's farm in Ontonabee Township near Peterborough, Ontario; the pioneer cemetery where Fife is buried; planting and harvesting wheat in the Prairie provinces; tilling with horse and tractor-drawn equipment; threshing; an actor portraying a harvester singing with guitar and accordion accompaniment; transporting grain to grain elevators; rows of grain elevators along the railway tracks; transporting grain by rail; a freight train travelling along the horizon; an animated map showing the movement of grain between Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Canada's newest port, Churchill, Manitoba; grain elevators at Churchill; an aerial view of Vancouver; the ship Empress of Japan in dock; loading grain onto ships such as Gregalia of Glasgow; Winnipeg; sound-on-film actuality of the trading floor of the grain exchange in Winnipeg, the largest cash grain market in the world; railyards; grain-laden rail cars; members of the Board of Grain Commissioners inspecting samples of wheat in freight cars; grain inspection in a laboratory; the Dominion Rust Research Laboratory; government agronomists studying grain diseases and new types of hard wheat; a scientist in a greenhouse talking about rust to a woman interviewer; a rodeo; farmers looking at the sky; the harvest; various kinds of harvesting equipment; women preparing a meal for the harvesters; transporting grain to the Lakehead; loading grain onto lake freighters; the Great Lakes; tourists and the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls; ships travelling through the Welland Canal to Lake Ontario; the Rapids Prince travelling through the rapids on the St. Lawrence River; other ships bypassing the rapids by travelling through canals such as the Soulange, site of the first lock on the American continent; Montreal; unloading grain at Montreal and loading it onto ocean-going ships bound for the land of David Fife's birth."


Peter Morris, Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1978.

Harold Peberdy is credited for Special effects. A shorter and British version of this film is titled "Prairie Gold." Library and Archives Canada holds copies of it.