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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 November 1960 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
These were the adventures . . . fighting, laughing and brawling their way from Seattle to Nome! [Australia Theatrical] See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Sam McCord

Stewart Granger ... George Pratt

Ernie Kovacs ... Frankie Canon

Fabian ... Billy Pratt

Capucine ... Angel
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Peter Boggs

Karl Swenson ... Lars Nordquist
Joe Sawyer ... Land Commissioner

Kathleen Freeman ... Lena Nordquist

John Qualen ... Logger Judge

Stanley Adams ... Breezy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Worker Unloading Boat (uncredited)
Alice Allyn ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Jimmy Ames ... Dealer at Palace Saloon (uncredited)
Harry Arnie ... Miner (uncredited)

Mark Bailey ... Norseman Logger (uncredited)
Al Bain ... Miner (uncredited)
Rayford Barnes ... Gold Buyer (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ... Miner (uncredited)

Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Captain (uncredited)
Oscar Blank ... Miner (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Miner (uncredited)
Peter Bourne ... Olaf (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Miner (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Miner (uncredited)
Monte Burkhart ... Arnie's Friend (uncredited)

Alan Carney ... Bartender (uncredited)

Clancy Cavanaugh ... Dog (uncredited)
Lilyan Chauvin ... Jenny Lamont (uncredited)
Richard Collier ... Steambath - Skinny Sourdough (uncredited)
Tom Collins ... Miner (uncredited)

Stephen Courtleigh ... Duggan (uncredited)
Esther Dale ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Maurice Dallimore ... Bartender (uncredited)

Richard Deacon ... Angus - Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Barfly (uncredited)

Douglas Dick ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
George Diestel ... Mate (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Barber (uncredited)
James Dime ... Miner (uncredited)
Tex Driscoll ... Miner (uncredited)
Hope Du Bois ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Ann Duggan ... Girl (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Barfly (uncredited)
Joey Faye ... Miner / Artist (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Arnie (uncredited)
George Ford ... Miner (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Miner (uncredited)
Fortune Gordien ... Logger (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Gunman at Arnie's Claim (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Ole (uncredited)

James Griffith ... Salvation Army Leader (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Signe Hack ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Arlene Harris ... Queen Lil (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Barfly (uncredited)
Jo Helton ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)

Tom Hennesy ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Marcel Hillaire ... Jenny's Husband - 'Butler' (uncredited)
Barbara Hines ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Pat Hogan ... Miner / Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Tex Holden ... Miner (uncredited)
Arline Hunter ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Miner (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Ole - Logger Punched by Sam (uncredited)
Jack Jobson ... Barbershop Proprietor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... Tree Climber (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Miner (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Worker Unloading Boat (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Bartender (uncredited)
Pat Lawler ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Coachman (uncredited)
Marilyn Lindsey ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Barbara Mansell ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Miner (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Renny McEvoy ... Miner (uncredited)
Max Mellinger ... Everett Bishop (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Miner (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Street Brawler (uncredited)
Jimmy Noel ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Jerry O'Sullivan ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Ollie O'Toole ... Mack (uncredited)
Narda Onyx ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Jack Orrison ... Miner (uncredited)
Tudor Owen ... Purser (uncredited)
Yvonne Peattie ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Jack Perkins ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Ruth Perrott ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Dealer (uncredited)
Pamela Raymond ... Pony Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Miner (uncredited)
Victor Romito ... Deck Hand (uncredited)
John Roy ... Miner (uncredited)
Charles Seel ... Gold Buyer (uncredited)
Milton Selzer ... Salvation Army Player (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Miner (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Saloon Show Patron (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Saloon Show Patron (uncredited)

Vic Tayback ... Roustabout (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Miner (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Saloon Brawler (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Woman at Picnic (uncredited)
Ray Weaver ... Steward (uncredited)
Patti Wharton ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
 
Writing credits
John Lee Mahin (screenplay) &
Martin Rackin (screenplay) and
Claude Binyon (screenplay)

Ladislas Fodor (play "Birthday Gift") (as Laszlo Fodor)

John H. Kafka (idea) (as John Kafka)

Ben Hecht  uncredited
Wendell Mayes  uncredited

Produced by
Henry Hathaway .... producer
Charles K. Feldman .... producer (uncredited)
John Lee Mahin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lionel Newman 
Cyril J. Mockridge (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer 
 
Art Direction by
Duncan Cramer 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Web Overlander .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Richard Talmadge .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Warren B. Delaplain .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Barney Wolff .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Bridgid O'Donnell .... restoration supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Talmadge .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Crawford .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Henry Gerzen .... best boy (uncredited)
Fred Hall .... gaffer (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... key grip (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator
Urban Thielmann .... orchestrator
Irving Gertz .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Josephine Earl .... dances staged by
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Martha Manor .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-8 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) (2003) | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #19724) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Richard Fleischer was originally hired to direct the picture. He accepted, but when he asked to see the script he was informed that one hadn't been written yet. Also, after talking with Capucine, he thought she was all wrong for the role of the prostitute - he didn't think she was sexy or earthy enough to convince anyone that she was a hooker, and he informed producer Charles K. Feldman of his conclusion and asked that she be replaced. Unfortunately for Fleischer, Feldman and Capucine were living together at the time, and he had already promised her the role. So Capucine got the part and Fleischer got the boot. He was replaced by Henry Hathaway.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: During the sequence when Sam and George are helping to defend the claim, you can see Mt. Whitney in the background which is in California.See more »
Quotes:
Michelle:Are you going to leave me here alone?
Sam McCord:Make yourself at home. Billy's here.
Michelle:Who's Billy?
Sam McCord:George's little kid brother.
Michelle:How little?
Sam McCord:Seventeen. But he's man enough to take care of you!
Michelle:That's what I'm afraid of!
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
All Kinds of Claim Jumping, 21 May 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Stewart Granger in his memoirs said he was very glad to receive the role of George Pratt when he did and was always grateful to John Wayne who got him cast in the part. He had just left MGM and offers were not piling up. Granger's career was in a transitional stage and he would soon take off for Europe and all kinds of spaghetti westerns. Right at that point he needed a paycheck.

Granger and Fabian play the brothers Pratt, George and Billy and John Wayne is their partner Sam McCord in a gold claim that's just hit it big. He's got to buy mining equipment in Seattle and Pratt's fiancé Jennie is there too. Wayne's to bring back both the equipment and Jennie.

But Jennie has off and got herself married. So Wayne in a moment of alcoholic brilliance spots another girl with a French accent in a pleasure palace called the Birdcage and decided to take her back to Alaska for Granger. She's played by Capucine. But things don't quite work out.

Of course there's another kind of claim jumping going on led by no-good cynical gambler Ernie Kovacs. All kinds of problems for the McCord-Pratt partnership.

If you like your comedy broad and unsophisticated North to Alaska is your kind of film. The Duke has some of his funniest screen moments in this film. There's a whole routine with Granger and Capucine trying to make Wayne jealous and with Fabian serving as a straight man to Wayne, it's a pretty funny bit of business. Wayne's facial expressions are alone worth seeing the movie.

John Wayne was always shrewd in marketing his films and he sought to woo a younger audience by having current teenage idols in his films around that time. He had Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo and Frankie Avalon in The Alamo and now Fabian in North to Alaska.

I saw an interview with Fabian some years ago where he said Wayne was a formidable presence on the set of his film. He was great when you got to know him and he accepted you. But you did things his way or it was the highway, no questions asked.

Fabian has some moments too as a 17 year old whose hormones get going at the sight of Capucine. He sings a song in the film, If You Only Knew. But the real song hit is the title tune sung by Johnny Horton over the title. It was a big hit for Horton in his short and tragic career. Frankie Laine also sold a few platters with this song.

If your taste is sophisticated drawing room comedy, this ain't your film. But fans of the eternal Duke will love it.

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