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Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting sea race to the Pribilof Islands they meet again; now, both are in danger from the schemes of villainous Prince Semyon. Written by
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The flogging of Capt. Clark (Gregory Peck) ranks 96th in the book, "Lash! The 100 Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies." However, no such flogging occurs in the Rex Beach novel on which this movie is based. See more »
When you have seen Gregory Peck and Ann Blyth at the helm,you'll know where James Cameron stole his famous Di Caprio/Winslet scene from .Besides ,the two heroes are a man of common birth and an aristocrat .There the comparison ends.
The first part may seem talky and is closer to comedy.But after the countess's abduction,adventure and drama reassert themselves .
The screenplay is rather derivative-particularly the love story- ,but the way the writers depict the Russians and the Americans is very interesting:the first ones despise those "Nouveaux Riches " ,they call them barbarians, they enslave their fellow men ,they are sadistic brutes .On the other hand ,the Yankees see their enemy as people from the past ,and they are ahead of their time ,for they already understood ,more than one hundred years ago ,that killing too many seals would endanger the ecological balance .
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