The Klondike gold strike of 1897 inspires fortune-seekers to head for Alaska. Joe and Jim, brothers from South Carolina; Lars, escaping a shrewish wife in Michigan; a poor farmer from Kansas; weathered prospectors from Nevada; and countless others leave San Francisco by ship. The Bulkys head north to open a restaurant, bringing a poor relative, Berna, along to help. On board Berna meets Larry and falls in love. The overland route to Dawson City is hazardous and arduous. Each person must carry their own food, a ton of it. That means traveling 80 miles back and forth to advance one mile, carrying 50 pounds a trip. The Chilkoot Pass is one of the worst sections of the trail. In the spring the trekkers take to the rivers, swollen by melting ice. Whitehorse Rapids proves the last and biggest obstacle to reaching the gold fields. But that's not the end of the hardships. Claim jumping, blizzards, fires, and Berna's honor at stake are to be faced before striking it rich. Written by
Ron Kerrigan <email@example.com>
Red Thompson was one of the stunt men killed in the river-crossing sequence. He was washed away by the current, hitting his head on a large boulder downstream, and his body was never recovered. See more »
[Looking at his remaining matches in the freezng cold]
8 matches... 8 fires. We can fight hunger... but we CAN'T fight the cold!
Don't worry, partner. We've been through worse than this.
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Recently I had the chance to view this film on TCM and it is truly an epic. The storylines are realistic and the characters believable.
Most impressive however is the exterior shots showing the Alaskan winter. I got cold just watching them! There are avalanches, blizzards and everything. It makes one appreciates the suffering those brave, if not foolish, souls endured in 1898.
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