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North to Alaska (1960)

During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Sam McCord
Stewart Granger ... George Pratt
Ernie Kovacs ... Frankie Canon
Fabian ... Billy Pratt
Capucine ... Michelle Bonet - aka Angel
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Peter Boggs
Karl Swenson ... Lars Nordquist
Joe Sawyer ... Land Commissioner
Kathleen Freeman ... Lena Nordquist
John Qualen ... Logger Judge
Stanley Adams ... Breezy
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Storyline

Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancée back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after trying to get George and Angel together, finally romances Angel, who, in the meantime, is busy fighting off the advances of George's younger brother, Billy. Frankie is a con man trying to steal the partners' gold claim.

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When Big Sam wanted somethin', he got it - the best! When he did somethin', he did it big... Like taming a woman the way you tame the land! Or fighting until the last man was down! Now Big Sam was set. He and the Seattle pleasure palace doll were on their way -- to the top of the world! See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alaskans See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alaska was Russian territory until William H. Seward, the United States Secretary of State, negotiated the Alaska Purchase (also known as Seward's Folly) with the Russians in 1867 for $7.2 million. Alaska was loosely governed by the military initially, and was administered as a district starting in 1884, with a governor appointed by the President of the United States. See more »

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Edison Blue Amberol cylinder records are played in the stateroom scene and honeymoon cabin. The film is set in 1900, but these records were not manufactured until 1912. See more »

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Sam McCord: Women. Peculiar.
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Opening credits prologue: NOME, 1900 See more »

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How the North was won
5 June 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A note about Capucine (Germaine Lefèvre):she was born in Toulon,France and she began as a fashion model.Her career in France was so minimal she remained virtually unknown (except maybe during the sixties)over here ;her work includes a very small part (shall I say cameo?) in Cocteau's "L'Aigle A Deux Tetes" and another one in Becker's "Rendez-Vous De Juillet";then in the seventies "L'Incorrigible" by Philippe De Broca:that's all.Her best European part was certainly in "Fellini-Satyricon" but she was almost unrecognizable.She committed suicide .

The cast also includes would be rocker Fabian who shows himself to be a better actor than he is a singer (some may remember his dismal "ten little Indians " rendition in George Pollock's version of eponymous Christie's classic).

The two other actors are veterans ,the kind of actor you're expecting in a northern western ,although Stewart Granger was English whereas his brother was played by an American actor (Fabian Forte).

I've always been a fan of Henry Hathaway ,since I saw "lives of a Bengal lancer" when I was 13.Here he is not the Henry Htahaway you are expecting.The acting is rather tongue in cheek and the director does not seem to take his story seriously.After so many dark works ,some of which being peaks of film noir ("the dark corner" "kiss of death" ) of western ("garden of evil) of melodrama ("niagara" ) and fantasy ("Peter Ibbetson" "the witching hour" ),he probably decided he would have a vacation and he had it cinematographically.And his holiday homework is quite pleasant ,well told ,with a good use of the splendid landscapes and he managed to get the best of his foursome ,the experimented ones and the less so.


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