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Queen of the Yukon (1940)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Western | 26 August 1940 (USA)
Sadie owns a riverboat that gold-miners are using to travel to their claims, while gambling and drinking on the way. The Yukon Mining Company sends Thorne to take over Sadie's boat and then... See full summary »


Phil Rosen


Jack London (stories), George Waggner (screenplay) (as Joseph West)

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Cast overview:
Charles Bickford ... Ace Rincon
Irene Rich ... Sadie Martin
June Carlson ... Helen Martin
Dave O'Brien ... Bob Adams
George Cleveland ... Grub
Guy Usher Guy Usher ... Stake
Melvin Lang ... John Thorne
Tristram Coffin ... Carson (as Tris Coffin)


Sadie owns a riverboat that gold-miners are using to travel to their claims, while gambling and drinking on the way. The Yukon Mining Company sends Thorne to take over Sadie's boat and then cheat the miners out of their claims. Meanwhile, Sadie has kept her life a secret from her daughter Helen, whom she has sent away to school to live a more refined life, but one day Helen arrives unexpectedly. Her naive boyfriend Bob goes to work for the dishonest Thorne, while Helen enjoys the wild Yukon more than her mother wants her to. Sadie turns to her trusted friend Ace to sort out all the complications. Written by Snow Leopard

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Adventure | Western


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Release Date:

26 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jack London's Queen of the Yukon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Tuesday 22 June 1948 on WATV (Channel 13), in Cleveland Thursday 14 October 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), in New York City again Thursday 28 October 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2, in Los Angeles Sunday 6 March 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Friday 29 July 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), and in Cincinnati Monday 28 November 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). See more »

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London worth the money
5 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Someone must have remembered Sam Katzman in their will because somehow he scraped up enough money to go on location to Big Bear Lake to shoot Queen Of The Yukon. It is certainly an above average Monogram Pictures product and could have been a classic at a major studio. Possibly he felt a property that had its origins in a Jack London story was worth the expense.

The title role in Queen Of The Yukon is played by Irene Rich who owns a gambling boat in a backwater of the Yukon Territory. Her partner and best friend is Charles Bickford, toughest man in the territory. She'll need him because Melvin Lang who is the head of a big mining outfit is fixing to do a lot of claim jumping. He's got another boat which is the only way in and out of the region other than a rugged overland trip and he's hired some toughs headed by Tris Coffin to run the prospectors off.

Rich also has some domestic problems. Her daughter June Carlson has left finishing school and has come up to see her mother and she has no idea Mom is the Queen Of The Yukon. On the same boat is young Dave O'Brien who has hired on as a surveyor for Lang not knowing what a crook he is.

It's all straightened out in the end as O'Brien proves he has the right stuff for the Yukon.

For Monogram this film passes as an A product and it's not bad at all. Even Jack London purists will like this one.

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