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Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1945 (USA)
In the Yukon mining town of Malemute, saloon owner John Calhoun and an assortment of shady characters are after the bags of gold dust the miners deposit in the new bank managed by Calhoun himself.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Houston Branch (story), James Edward Grant (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Honest John Calhoun
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Belle De Valle
Dinah Shore ... Lettie Candless
Bob Burns ... Sam Slade
Charles Winninger ... Pop Candless
William Marshall ... Steve Atterbury
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sheriff Mervin Maitland (as Guinn Williams)
Robert Armstrong ... George
Florence Bates ... Viola Chase
Victor Kilian ... Professor Salsbury
Wanda McKay ... Cherie Atterbury
Edward Fielding ... C.V. Atterbury
Jane Hale Jane Hale ... Dance Specialty
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Set in the days of the great Canadian Gold Rush, this rousing musical stars Randolph Scott as a "reformed" con artist-turned-dance hall owner whose girlfriend, singer Gypsy Rose Lee, tries to keep him on the straight and narrow. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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A Technicolor Musical! See more »


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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, erroneously lists the release date as 1 January 1944, instead of the correct date of 1 January 1945. See more »

Quotes

Belle De Valle: The day you turn platonic is the day that wolves become vegetarians.
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Connections

Spoofed in Dumb Bell of the Yukon (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

I Can't Tell Why I Love You
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Sung by Dinah Shore
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ODD and DISAPPOINTING Randolph Scott Movie!
13 September 2007 | by vitaleralphlouisSee all my reviews

There weren't many Technicolor movies made during World War II because of military needs, but Hollywood generated a few. A 1944 RKO Radio Picture with a title like BELLE of the YUKON led me to expect a hootin' tootin' shootin' western yarn with an up-north setting. Wrong, McGee! This one is 75% musical comedy and 25% western, with big Broadway style production numbers rigged-up on the saloon stage. What you get is songs by Dinah Shore and Gypsy Rose Lee, quite a few running-gags, and a minor plot about a bank robbery. Almost no gunfire, no horseback chases, no real action.

The 3-strip Technicolor of 1944 yielded stunning photography, but do not look for it here. Hollywood studios were poor caretakers of their old movies and this one is badly faded. Call this Exhibit A about Hollywood's snow job to the public concerning the quality of sound and image on DVD's. What they did was a careful clean-up job on a very few old films (such as To Have and Have Not) in order to sell the concept. But that's done with. Now they give us DVD's with C- to D+ quality, no better and often worse than VHS.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La divina aventurera See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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