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Challenge to Be Free
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Mike Mazurki ... Trapper
Fritz Ford ... Sargent

Vic Christy ... Frenchy
Jimmy Kane ... Old Tracks
Alex Van Bibber ... Great Rifleman

Tay Garnett ... Old Marshal McGee
Gordon Yardley ... Supply Officer
Bob McKinnon ... Buck Dawson
Roger Reitano ... Eli Zane
Ted Yardley ... Officer Cabot
Brian Russell ... Storekeeper
Connie Yardley ... Housewife
Patty Piper ... Indian

John McIntire ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Tay Garnett 
Ford Beebe Jr. (additional director) (uncredited)
Writing credits
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Anne Bosworth 
Chuck D. Keen 
Dick North  suggested by research by

Produced by
Arthur R. Dubs .... executive producer
Chuck D. Keen .... producer
Original Music by
Ian Bernard 
Cinematography by
Chuck D. Keen 
Production Management
Doris Gee .... production manager
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Karen Keen .... wardrobe
Other crew
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (uncredited)
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Netherlands:88 min | USA:88 min
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According to Leonard Maltin's "TV Movies" book, this movie was filmed in 1972 as "Mad Trapper Of The Yukon" and was re-released in 1975 as "Challenge To Be Free".See more »
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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The movie that made me who I am... sort of..., 7 July 2000
Author: Cale Barthold

"Challenge to be Free" was one of the first films I saw as a child. It was also one of the first VHS tapes that I owned. I hadn't seen the movie in years, so yesterday I decided to stick the tape in and watch it. Wow. The story is as powerful now as it was the first time I saw it. I think now that I am older I can better apreciate the values that are implanted in the movie. (Self-reliance, The value of Freedom, and the love of nature) It is a "B" movie, to be sure, but it's one that you'll remember for years, especially if you see it as a child.

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