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Back to God's Country (1953)

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.



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Complete credited cast:
Peter Keith
Marcia Henderson ...
Dolores Keith
Paul Blake
Frank Hudson
Tudor Owen ...
Bill Radovich ...
Pat Hogan ...
Ivan Triesault ...


In a small village in the icy wilderness of Alaska Captain Peter Keith has to defend himself against two especially mean villains, who are after his wife Dolores and a boatload of precious hides. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Roaring out of the gale-lashed north ... the saga of a mighty conquest ! See more »


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Release Date:

November 1953 (USA)  »

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James Oliver Curwood's Back to God's Country  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Universal borrowed actor Steve Cochran from Warner Brothers for the production. See more »


Paul Blake: Don't go away, Frank. I might need you.
Frank Hudson: Well, you better get your gun. It will help you more than I will.
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Version of Back to God's Country (1927) See more »

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"Tain't a fit night out for man nor beast"
7 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Rock Hudson is critically injured it's his wife who fills in the leadership role in Back To God's Country with the help of a large Great Dane named Wapi. She has to because Hudson is critically injured with a broken leg as they make a dog sled run out of town.

They've got reason to want to get out of town. Hudson is a schooner captain who puts in at a river port in the Klondike and is afraid of getting iced in. But the local kingpin Steve Cochran who is a merchant among other things has taken a fancy to Hudson's wife Marcia Henderson who voyages with Hudson as part of the crew. Cochran creates a lot of subtle contrivances to keep them in his town that get less subtle as time goes on.

The MGM film All The Brothers Were Valiant was out at this time and I had a lot of trouble believing that Ann Blyth was on Robert Taylor's ship. The same here for Henderson though she's more equipped skill wise for ship duty.

The film descends into melodrama, but I did like the winter cinematography for Back To God's Country.

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