Matt Garraway, an unscrupulous salmon fisher tries to hatch a scheme in Sitka to fish past season using a loophole for Native Americans. He gathers a group of accomplices, including two Native Americans and sets to work. His plan faces some grudging opposition from his brother with a conscience and his oblivious fiancée, who comes up from Seattle to take care of him after he's injured. In short, there's more than one reason to find this guy to be a total scuzzbag and you don't feel bad when some problems begin with his operation and his personal life.
The plot is fairly standard for the decade, even with the exotic Alaskan setting. And boy do they make use of the setting: there's so much filler about the salmon industry and the salmon life-cycle, you half wonder if some real salmon cannery hadn't sponsored the movie. Unfortunately, another typical aspect from the era is racist jokes at the expense of Native American people, and this movie has its share. At least they're counterbalanced with the interesting character of Jane, the "half-breed", played by a fairly young Lorna Gray. She's full of conviction and has that spark of fire that makes her worth watching, and she performs the two most singularly interesting acts in the movie. It's because of her that I've given this movie an extra point above a pleasantly forgettable 6/10.
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