The Frozen North

Adventures at the poles. Epics of the frozen North were at their most popular from the 1910's to the early 1940's when the rush of `98 was still fresh in people's memories. Largely forgotten now, these films were almost as common as westerns or jungle films.
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1.
Eskimo (1933)
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The happy life of an Eskimo is disastrously changed when he mingles with an unscrupulous white trader. (117 mins.)
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
“ First for the thumbnail. ” - joe_538
 
2.
Rocking Gold in the Klondike (1901 Documentary)
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Here we see one of the methods employed in the search for gold, where water is scarce. We see the workmen...
Director: Thomas Crahan
 
3.
The Kid from the Klondike (1911 Short Film)
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"Kid" Bolton, having made a stake of about fifty thousand dollars in the Klondike, decides to go back...
 
4.
The Alaska-Siberian Expedition (1912 Documentary)
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Captain Kleinschmidt leads an expedition sponsored by the Carnegie Museum to the arctic regions of Alaska and Siberia to study the natives and the animal life.
 
6.
The Lure of Alaska (1915 Documentary)
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7.
Gene of the Northland (1915 Short Film)
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Director: Jack J. Clark
 
9.
Nanette of the Wilds (1916)
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Nanette raised in Canada has been peaceful despite the fact that her father is the leader of a band of whiskey bootleggers... (50 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kaufman
 
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The Great White Trail (1917)
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A husband, mistakenly believing his wife has cheated on him and that he is now the father of their newborn son... (80 mins.)
 
13.
The Law of the North (1918)
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Alain de Montcalm is the son of a French trading post proprietor. When a murder and kidnapping occur, Alain pursues the abducted girl and her captor across the far northern wasteland of ice. (50 mins.)
Director: Irvin V. Willat
 
14.
Back to God's Country (1919)
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A woman finds herself all alone in a remote harbor with the man responsible for the murder of her father. With seemingly nobody around to protect her, she has to be resourceful. (73 mins.)
 
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17.
Nanook of the North (1922 Documentary)
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In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuits living in the Arctic Circle. (78 mins.)
 
19.
The Trap (1922)
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A miner's happiness is destroyed when a rival steals his mine. He becomes obsessed with revenge, and plans a trap for the man who took his mine. (60 mins.)
Director: Robert Thornby
 
20.
The Grub Stake (1923)
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A young woman is lured to the Yukon by a gambler with promises of marriage and a grubstake for a gold mine...
 
21.
North of Hudson Bay (1923)
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Michael Dane è in viaggio su di un battello diretto al Nord, per raggiungere il fratello che ha scoperto l'oro... (50 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
22.
The Chechahcos (1923)
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A fire engulfs a shipload of prospectors and adventurers making their way to Alaska. In the confusion... (87 mins.)
Director: Lewis H. Moomaw
 
23.
The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924)
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(70 mins.)
Director: Clarence Badger
 
24.
Hunting Big Game in the Arctic with Gun and Camera (1925 Documentary)
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25.
Balto's Race to Nome (1925 Documentary)
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Director: Colin Campbell
Stars: Balto
 
26.
The Gold Rush (1925)
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A prospector goes to the Klondike in search of gold and finds it and more. (95 mins.)
Director: Charles Chaplin
 
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28.
Winds of Chance (1925)
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A love triangle set against the turn-of-the-century gold rush. (122 mins.)
Director: Frank Lloyd
 
29.
Po zakonu (1926)
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A five-person team of gold prospectors in the Yukon has just begun to enjoy great success when one of the members snaps... (80 mins.)
Director: Lev Kuleshov
“ AKA: By The Law ” - joe_538
 
30.
The Flame of the Yukon (1926)
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George Fowler, a young man from the states, arrives at the Mias saloon, and the proprietor, "Blak Jack" Hovey... (65 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
31.
Tentacles of the North (1926)
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Two ships are caught in the Arctic ice. (54 mins.)
Director: Louis Chaudet
 
32.
A Hero of the Big Snows (1926)
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Rin-Tin-Tin (displayed exactly as it always was on any screen credit, and not Rin Tin Tin)is saved from the beatings of a trapper by Ed Nolan... (67 mins.)
 
33.
Back to God's Country (1927)
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Jean DeBois kills a man who pesters his beautiful daughter Renee. Subsequently, Renee is blackmailed by an unscrupulous suitor... (60 mins.)
Director: Irvin Willat
 
34.
The Great Arctic Seal Hunt (1928 Documentary)
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A film by Varick Frissell that was complied from footage he had shot aboard the SS Beothic during a seal hunt. (39 mins.)
Director: Varick Frissell
 
35.
Lost in the Arctic (1928 Documentary)
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Documentary of the H.A. and Sidney Snow expedition to the Far North in search of the Steffansson Expedition. (60 mins.)
 
36.
The Trail of '98 (1928)
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Fortune hunters from all over the country rush to the Klondike in 1897 to seek their fortunes in the gold are tested by hardships of the journey. (87 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
 
37.
Frozen Justice (1929)
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(73 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
38.
Eskimo (1930)
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(86 mins.)
 
39.
Men of the North (1930)
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Part of a gold shipment has been stolen and the Sergeant suspects Louis LeBey. When Louis is attracted to newly arrived Nedra Ruskin... (61 mins.)
Director: Hal Roach
 
40.
The Silver Horde (1930)
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A salmon fisherman has to choose between a bad girl and a society doll. (75 mins.)
 
41.
The Spoilers (1930)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Edwin Carewe
 
42.
Dirigible (1931)
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Jack Bradon is tasked to reach the South Pole with a dirigible. (100 mins.)
Director: Frank R. Capra
 
43.
Klondike (1932)
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Dr. Robert Cromwell performs a delicate operation, that has never been done before, and the patient dies... (68 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
44.
The Klondike Kid (1932 Short Film)
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At a bar in the Klondike, Mickey rescues waif Minnie from the cold and then has to deal with Pete, who proceeds to snatch her away. (7 mins.)
 
45.
S.O.S. Eisberg (1933)
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An expedition goes in search of a party lost the year before. (90 mins.)
Director: Arnold Fanck
 
46.
Call of the Wild (1935)
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Jack Thornton has trouble winning enough at cards for the stake he needs to get to the Alaska gold fields... (89 mins.)
Director: William Wellman
 
47.
Klondike Annie (1936)
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Carlton Rose, a girl known as "the Frisco Doll" escapes to Alaska after accidentally killing her guard. (80 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
48.
Tundra (1936)
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After a plane crash, a doctor treks 400 miles into the Alaskan wilderness. Based on a true story. (75 mins.)
 
49.
White Fang (1936)
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Jack London tale of a woman and weakling brother who inherit a mine. When the brother commits suicide the guide is accused of murder. (70 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
50.
Call of the Yukon (1938)
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A fur trader guides a writer and her animals to safety in the Yukon territory when wolves are about to attack. (70 mins.)
 
51.
Spawn of the North (1938)
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Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict. (110 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
 
52.
On the Great White Trail (1938)
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Death stalked Garou's Landing, in the Canadian frozen north, but who was the killer who murdered two men and left them huddled in the snow... (58 mins.)
Director: Al Herman
 
53.
Polar Trappers (1938 Short Film)
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Donald and Goofy are trappers in the frozen south (Antarctica) with different approaches. Donald sees... (8 mins.)
 
54.
The Frozen Limits (1939)
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The Crazy Gang join the 1898 gold rush. Unfortunately it's now 1939 and they're a bit late. (84 mins.)
Director: Marcel Varnel
 
55.
Orphans of the North (1940)
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Prospector "Bedrock" Brown comes to a settlement in the Taku River area of Alaska, and gets new supplies... (56 mins.)
Director: Norman Dawn
 
56.
Queen of the Yukon (1940)
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Sadie owns a riverboat that gold-miners are using to travel to their claims, while gambling and drinking on the way... (73 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
57.
Hudson's Bay (1941)
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Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest. (95 mins.)
Director: Irving Pichel
 
58.
Mutiny in the Arctic (1941)
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(64 mins.)
Director: John Rawlins
 
59.
Sign of the Wolf (1941)
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Because of a fight at a dog show between "Smoky" and "Shadow", Alsatian Shepherd dos, owned and trained by Judy Weston... (69 mins.)
 
60.
Wild Geese Calling (1941)
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In the 1890s lumberjack John leaves Seattle for Alaska to look for gold. After he marries dance hall girl Sally, he finds she used to be in love with his best friend Blackie. (77 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
61.
North to the Klondike (1942)
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Two friends in the Klondike come to the aid of settlers who are being terrorized by an outlaw gang. (60 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
62.
The Spoilers (1942)
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara. (87 mins.)
Director: Ray Enright
 
63.
Jack London (1943)
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Episodes in the adventurous life of the American novelist (1876-1916). (94 mins.)
Director: Alfred Santell
 
64.
Klondike Kate (1943)
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A young man in Alaska finds himself accused of murder, and must fight to clear his name. (64 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
65.
Northern Pursuit (1943)
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A Canadian Mountie of German descent feigns disaffection with his homeland in hopes of infiltrating and thwarting a Nazi sabotage plot. (93 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
66.
Alaska (1944)
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A man who has been framed on a murder charge is placed in the custody of a crooked U.S. marshal, who is secretly running a murderous claim-jumping gang. (76 mins.)
 
67.
The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)
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An adventurer goes after Nazi spies who have a new death ray called the Paratron. (223 mins.)
 
68.
Road to Utopia (1945)
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At the turn of the century, Duke and Chester, two vaudeville performers, go to Alaska to make their fortune... (90 mins.)
Director: Hal Walker
 
69.
Belyy klyk (1946)
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(84 mins.)
 
70.
Scott of the Antarctic (1948)
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The story of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's 1912 expedition and his quest to be the first to reach the South Pole in Antarctica. (111 mins.)
Director: Charles Frend
“ Not the frozen North, but it's too good to exclude. ” - joe_538
 
71.
Arctic Fury (1949)
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Dr. Thomas Barlow, one of the few doctors in the frozen Arctic region, fights to bring help to an isolated, virtually inaccessible Eskimo village in the Arctic that had been devastated by plague. Based on a true story. (61 mins.)
 
72.
Arctic Manhunt (1949)
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An ex-convict loses his stolen loot in an Alaskan storm, and takes it as a sign that he has to change his life for the better. However, when an Eskimo later finds the money and returns it to him, he begins to revert back to his old ways. (60 mins.)
Director: Ewing Scott
 
73.
Rose of the Yukon (1949)
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Major Geoffrey Barnett, U. S. Army Intelligence Service, is sent to Alaska, to apprehend a deserter... (69 mins.)
Director: George Blair
 
74.
The White Tower (1950)
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A group of people come together in the Swiss Alps to climb a previously unconquered mountain, revealing their inner selves in the process. (98 mins.)
Director: Ted Tetzlaff
“ The Swiss Alps. ” - joe_538
 
75.
Snow Dog (1950)
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(63 mins.)
Director: Frank McDonald
 
76.
Call of the Klondike (1950)
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A brother and sister are running a phony gold mine scam in the Klondike, which leads to murder. A Canadian Mountie sets out to bring them to justice. (66 mins.)
Director: Frank McDonald
 
77.
Lost in Alaska (1952)
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Two volunteer firemen rescue a gold prospector from suicide. However, once they discover that the police mistakenly want them for murder... (76 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
78.
Red Snow (1952)
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Lieutenant Johnson, a U. S. Air Force pilot, on the tip of Alaska, a few miles from the Bering Straits from Siberia... (75 mins.)
 
79.
The Wild North (1952)
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In the Canadian mountains, a trapper goes on the run accused of a crime, and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Marton
 
80.
Yukon Gold (1952)
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Corporal Rod Webb (Kirby Grant)of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police follows a murder trail deep into the Klondike... (62 mins.)
Director: Frank McDonald
 
81.
The Alaskan Eskimo (1953 Documentary)
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(27 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
82.
Back to God's Country (1953)
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In north-western Canada,in the 1870s,American schooner captain Peter Keith hopes to return to America with a cargo of furs before winter but two local crooks plan to steal Keith's cargo,boat and wife. (78 mins.)
Director: Joseph Pevney
 
83.
Island in the Sky (1953)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue. (109 mins.)
 
84.
Saskatchewan (1954)
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In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians. (87 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
85.
Alaska Seas (1954)
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The owner of a salmon cannery in Alaska hires a man who had formerly been his partner, and comes to regret it. (78 mins.)
Director: Jerry Hopper
 
86.
The Far Country (1954)
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A self-minded adventurer (Jeff Webster) locks horns with a crooked lawman (Mr. Gannon) while driving cattle to Dawson. (97 mins.)
Director: Anthony Mann
 
87.
The Spoilers (1955)
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In 1899 Alaska, miners have to protect themselves from a phony legal team trying to steal their gold claims. (84 mins.)
Director: Jesse Hibbs
 
88.
Top of the World (1955)
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A jet pilot, Dale Robertson, find himself assigned to the baron wastes of Alaska where it becomes his duty to man an observation post. (91 mins.)
Director: Lewis R. Foster
 
89.
City of Gold (1957 Documentary)
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Author Pierre Berton tells the history of his hometown of Dawson City at its heyday during the Klondike Gold Rush. (22 mins.)
 
90.
White Wilderness (1958 Documentary)
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The wildlife of the arctic is explored in this true-life adventure. (72 mins.)
Director: James Algar
 
91.
Alaska Passage (1959)
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Al Graham and Gerard Mason are partners in an Alaskan trucking company. They quarrel over expenses and losses... (71 mins.)
Director: Edward Bernds
 
92.
The Savage Innocents (1960)
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An Eskimo who has had little contact with white men goes to a trading post where he accidentally kills a missionary and finds himself being pursued by the police. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Ray
 
93.
North to Alaska (1960)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Henry Hathaway
“ No snow in this gold rush story. ” - joe_538
 
94.
The Canadians (1961)
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When the Sioux come to Canada, the Canadians permit them to stay in Canada if they come peacefully. However... (85 mins.)
Director: Burt Kennedy
 
95.
Nikki, Wild Dog of the North (1961)
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The rugged Canadian wilderness is the backdrop to this story of a dog separated from his owner. (74 mins.)
 
96.
The Trap (1966)
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A fur trapper takes a mute girl as his unwilling wife to live with him in his remote cabin in the woods. (106 mins.)
Director: Sidney Hayers
 
97.
The Red Tent (1969)
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Torn by personal guilt Italian General Umberto Nobile reminisces about his 1928 failed Arctic expedition aboard the airship Italia. (158 mins.)
 
98.
The Eskimo: Fight for Life (1970 Documentary)
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(52 mins.)
Director: Robert Young
 
99.
The Call of the Wild (1972)
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A house dog is abducted and brought to the north as a sled dog. (105 mins.)
Director: Ken Annakin
 
100.
White Fang (1973)
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The wolf dog, White Fang, aids a reporter, a fur trapper, a nun, a young Eskimo boy and his father of ridding a gold mining town of a sleazy crime lord in 1896 Yukon, Canada. (102 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci