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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.


Henry Hathaway


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


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 !


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


This movie was loosely based on Heino Timmerman's fishing experiences in Alaska. He was a good friend of director Henry Hathaway and worked with him on several of his movies - mainly when out boating. See more »


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 »


Tyler Dawson: Take that yellow-bellied, stinking fish-head out of here.
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Edited into When Worlds Collide (1951) See more »


She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain
American folk song
Played at Nicky's saloon
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Henry Fonda and Dorothy Lamour
2 August 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

Henry Fonda doesn't contribute much to this film, although Dorothy Lamour does put in a good performance. This is really a George Raft film who puts in a strong performance, and there is a lot that you can learn from his acting. Fonda seems to be trying too hard to act. You just don't believe him, and you feel that he was very lucky to get a break in films in the 1930s. Even Akim Tamaroff puts in a better performance than Fonda standing shoulder to shoulder with Raft as an equal. I can see what Cecil B. DeMille saw in Tamaroff to cast him in 'The Buccaneer', although that was not a good film.

Despite all this, I fell asleep during the film because it bored me to tears.

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Release Date:

26 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spawn of the North See more »

Filming Locations:

Juneau, Alaska, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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