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Spawn of the North (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 August 1938 (USA)
Friends since childhood, two men are on opposite sides in a salmon fishing conflict.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Barrett Willoughby (story), Jules Furthman (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
George Raft ... Tyler Dawson
Henry Fonda ... Jim Kimmerlee
Dorothy Lamour ... Nicky Duval
Akim Tamiroff ... Red Skain
John Barrymore ... Windy Turlon
Louise Platt ... Dian 'Di' Turlon
Lynne Overman ... 'Jack' Jackson
Fuzzy Knight ... Lefty Jones
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Dimitri
Duncan Renaldo ... Ivan
John Wray ... Dr. Sparks
Michio Ito Michio Ito ... Indian Dancer
Stanley Andrews ... Partridge
Richard Ung Richard Ung ... Tom
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Storyline

Two Alaskan salmon fishermen, Tyler Dawson (skipper of the "Who Cares") and Jim Kimmerlee of the "Old Reliable," are lifelong pals. Their romantic rivalry over young Dian ends amicably. But a more serious rift, with violent consequences, arises when Tyler befriends Russian fish pirates while Jim finds himself aligned with local vigilantes. Notable glacier scenery. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Thrills, intrigue and drama at sea !

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Fred MacMurray was originally cast as Jim and Frances Farmer as Dian. See more »

Goofs

During his birthday party, Henry Fonda's left elbow moves from on the table to below the table back on to the table in consecutive cuts. See more »

Quotes

Tyler Dawson: Take that yellow-bellied, stinking fish-head out of here.
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Connections

Edited into When Worlds Collide (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball and Chauncey Olcott
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Sung by Fuzzy Knight
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Nobody seemed to notice...
28 April 2011 | by jozefkafkaSee all my reviews

None of the other reviews have mentioned that SPAWN OF THE NORTH is in fact a remake of THE VIRGINIAN, with a change in locale from Wyoming to Alaska. There is also one other notable change. While Akim Tamiroff is Trampas and Henry Fonda steps into Gary Cooper's boots as The Virginian, the emphasis has been shifted to the likable but shady Steve character (Richard Arlen in the '29 talkie, George Raft here). SPAWN OF THE NORTH would itself be remade in 1954 as ALASKA SEAS, with a nice cast including Robert Ryan, Brian Keith, and Gene Barry in the roles played by Raft, Fonda, and Tamiroff respectively. On its own terms SPAWN OF THE NORTH is very effective entertainment, thanks to the guiding hand of director Henry Hathaway as well as its cast, not only the aforementioned stars but also experienced scene-stealers John Barrymore and Lynne Overman in support.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

26 August 1938 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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