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Director:
Writers:
John Lee Mahin (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
16 December 1960 (West Germany) 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 »
User Reviews:
Way Up North..... See more (44 total) »

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:

Victor Adamson ... Man at Picnic (uncredited)

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)
Jane Crowley ... Woman at Picnic (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)

George Hoagland ... Man at Picnic (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)
Edward Rickard ... Bartender (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:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19724) | USA:TV-PG (cable rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Years after the production was first shown in public, the producers of the film admitted that, in the scene where Capucine is trying to laugh, she was actually tickled on her feet and that her laughs and pleas for mercy were entirely genuine.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the major fight, Frankie Canon is knocked face-down into fairly deep mud. Seconds later he is shown "pre-fight clean" and then somewhat muddied shortly thereafter (but, even then, not as muddy as he should be).See more »
Quotes:
Billy Pratt:[sniffing Michelle's neck after she seats her at the table] Oh, golly, you smell good!
Michelle:Thank you. Whatever you're cooking smells good, too.
Billy Pratt:I'd rather smell you.
Michelle:Uhm... Shall we dine?
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Disco Fever (1978/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
A Hot Time in the Old TownSee more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Way Up North....., 10 September 2006
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"North To Alaska" is a rollicking action filled comedy western from Director Henry Hathaway and a departure by star John Wayne from his usual westerns.

Sam McCord (Wayne), George Pratt (Stewart Granger) and Billy Pratt (Fabian) are partners in a rich Alaskan gold mine in 1900. They have just struck it rich and go to the local saloon to celebrate. There, a raucous saloon brawl breaks out, played more for its comedy aspects than for real. Now that he has struck it rich, George can finally send for his long suffering fiancé Jenny who lives in Seattle. Before he leaves he meets scheming gambler Frankie Cannon (Ernie Kovacs) with whom he will tangle at a later date.

Since Sam has to go to Seattle to buy new mining machinery anyway, George charges him with the task of fetching Jenny back to him. In Seattle, Sam finds that Jenny has, much to her regret, since married. Sam goes to a local brothel called "The Hen House" where he happens to meet Angel (Capucine) who is French like Jenny. Sam decides to substitute Angel for Jenny and asks her to accompany him to Alaska. Angel as luck would have it, falls in love with Sam.

Before leaving for Alaska, Sam goes to a logger's picnic at the request of his old friends Lars and Lena Nordqvist (Karl Swenson and Kathleen Freeman). There he protects Angel's honor to the point that she believes he is taking her back to Alaska as his girl.

Back in Alaska, Sam brings her to his camp to find that George is away fighting claim jumpers at another camp. Sam leaves Angel in the "care" of George's young brother Billy who tries to woo her for himself with comedic results.

When George and Sam return, George is presented with Angel as a replacement for his beloved Jenny. Reluctant at first, he becomes attracted to her until he realizes that she is in love with Sam. The two then plot to make Sam jealous and well you know.

Meanwhile Cannon has cross-filed on Sam and George's claim under the name of town drunk Boggs (Mickey Shaughnessy), and then the fun begins.

Director Hathaway keeps the story moving and entertaining. Wayne proves to be quite adept at light comedy in his role. Fabian surprises as the horny kid brother in perhaps the best role of his movie career. Granger, long an action star in his own right, is equal to the task as George. Ernie Kovacs who was an innovative TV comedian at this time, is wasted as the the slimy chief villain. He hardly has a chance to display his comedic talents. Capucine is lovely and captivating as Angel. Her scenes with Fabian are hilarious.

There is plenty of action from the opening saloon brawl to the logger's picnic to the fight with the claim jumpers to the final street fight. And who can ever forget the great Johnny Horton's singing of the title song over the opening credits.

One of Wayne's most entertaining pictures.

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