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Klondike Kate (1943)

A San Francisco songbird comes to Alaska and turns the town of Totem Pole and a scheming saloon owner's life upside down. Then a rival saloon owner wants a piece of the action.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

M. Coates Webster (screenplay), Houston Branch (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Ann Savage ... Kathleen O'Day
Tom Neal ... Jefferson Braddock
Glenda Farrell ... Molly
Constance Worth ... Lita
Sheldon Leonard ... 'Sometime' Smith
Lester Allen ... Duster Dan
George Cleveland ... Judge Horace Crawford
George McKay George McKay ... Tim - Bartender
Dan Seymour ... Harry - Piano Player
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Molly and her troupe of dancing girls and "entertainers", sent for by saloon owner "Sometime" Smith, arrive in a Klondike mining town by train. Smith is out of town and rival saloon owner Jefferson Braddock signs the girls up to work in his saloon. Also arriving is Katherine (Kate) O'Day, with a deed of ownership, willed her by her father, to Braddock's saloon. She hires attorney and self-appointed Judge Horace Crawford to handle her ownership claim, but she soon sees that the deck has been stacked against her when Crawford works the trial as the judge and also the lawyer for both sides. She takes a job as singer in the saloon, replacing Lita both as star and Braddock's "favorite." Lita helps Smith win a crooked-and-staged game of "High Card" giving Smith ownership of Braddock's saloon. But Smith double-crosses her and she shoots him somewhat dead, and Braddock is accused of the killing, and is about to be lynched. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Queen Of The Gold Rush!... She tamed the Toughest men in the Yukon! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventureiros do Alasca See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #5.15 (1954) See more »

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The Fellow Who Fell for the Belle of the Ball
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Music by Harry Revel
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
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Fun B Western from Castle
13 August 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Klondike Kate (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Kathleen O'Day (Ann Savage) arrives in a small Alaskan town to claim the bar that her father left her. She soon discovers that it was bought by Jefferson Braddck (Tom Neal) and he's not willing to let it go. Soon the two go into business for each other but this doesn't sit well with Lita (Constance Worth) because she's in love with Jefferson.

KLONDIKE KATE is a low-budget Western from director William Castle and for the most part it's entertaining enough to make it worth watching. At just 64-minutes there's certainly nothing overly detailed here but that's just fine because for a "B" Western this thing works in large part to the cast that is a lot of fun.

Whenever one watches a movie like this you really can't be expecting something by John Ford. For the most part the story itself was decent if not all that original but then again it was good enough to keep you entertained by it. There are the double-crosses that you'd expect but I must say it was a bit of a mystery as to why one of them never gets solved. The film contains some rather bland musical numbers but at least the action is good and yes there's a fun brawl at the end.

The strongest aspect to the film is the cast who are a lot of fun. Savage and Neal have a great chemistry together and the two of them really sell the characters and help keep the film moving. Worth is extremely good in the role of the jealous female and Sheldon Leonard is excellent as the snake villain. You've also got Glenda Farrell in a small role.

KLONDIKE KATE isn't a masterpiece but it's at least an entertaining film that fans of the cast and director should enjoy.


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