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Land of Alaska Nellie (1939)

Most not familiar with Alaska see it as being perpetually cold and snow covered, which is not the case the summertime. The Inside Passage to Alaska is the longest protected waterway in the ... See full summary »
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Most not familiar with Alaska see it as being perpetually cold and snow covered, which is not the case the summertime. The Inside Passage to Alaska is the longest protected waterway in the world. Traveling north through the passage, this travelogue first enters the modern but small town of Seward, gateway to the interior of Alaska. One of the burgeoning industries is the raising of silver fox and mink. There are many road houses scattered throughout Alaska, but one of the most famous is twenty-three miles outside of Seward on Lake Kenai belonging to Nellie Lawing, better known as Alaska Nellie, who has a long and storied history in Alaska. Written by Huggo

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23 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Perhaps the Best TravelTalks
30 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Land of Alaska Nellie (1936)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

I've seen dozens and dozens of entries in MGM's TravelTalks series but to date this here is without a doubt the best of the bunch. James A. FitzPatrick, and his Technicolor camera, heads to Alaska where we see one beautiful image after another. We see the streams flowing down from the snow covered mountain and we learn about all the great fishing there. These wonderful visions start the film off but we quickly move to Nellie Lawing, better known as Alaska Nellie. This woman was famous for living off the Alaska land all her life and she had pretty much done everything from a gold rush to dog sledding and even lived as a hunter, trapper and sheriff. We get to hear a few of her stories including one where she was chased by a bear, which led to her three middle fingers being crippled. We then see how big the bear was that attacked her. We see his skin because she shot the thing to death. We hear a couple other great stories including the fact that Presidents had even stayed the night at her resort. The one strange scene in the film is when we're shown some baby foxes and are then shown fox furs as the "future of the babies".


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