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Ice Palace (1960)

After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Edna Ferber (novel), Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Burton ... Zeb Kennedy
Robert Ryan ... Thor Storm
Martha Hyer ... Dorothy Wendt Kennedy
Jim Backus ... Dave Husack
Carolyn Jones ... Bridie Ballantyne
Ray Danton ... Bay Husack
Diane McBain ... Christine Storm
Karl Swenson ... Scotty Ballantyne
Shirley Knight ... Grace Kennedy, Age 16
Barry Kelley ... Einer Wendt
Sheridan Comerate Sheridan Comerate ... Ross Guildenstern
George Takei ... Wang
Steve Harris Steve Harris ... Christopher Storm - age 16
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At the end of World War I, Zeb Kennedy, a canner, and Thor Storm, a fishing boat captain, set up a fish cannery in Alaska and through the years find themselves on opposite sides of Alaska's bid for statehood. Zeb is determined to let nothing and no one stop him from building his business and gaining great wealth. At first Zeb and Thor's girlfriend, Birdie, are only good friends. But even though Zeb and Birdie fall in love, Zeb remains devoted to his greater love: money. Zeb goes off to Seattle to find money for his business. There he marries Dorothy, the heir to his former employer. When Dorothy and Thor find out that Zeb and Birdie are secret lovers, Thor attacks Zeb, knocking him out. His friendship with Zeb ended, Thor heads off into the Alaskan wilderness, where he is rescued by an Eskimo family. There, Thor begins to work for Alaskan statehood, while Zeb works to advance himself through his business. Written by alfiehitchie

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Only the author of unforgettable 'Giant' could bring to life such emotions as these! 'ICE PALACE' is big with stubborn men and weak...with women who are wise and willing and foolish. 'ICE PALACE' is big with the lavish splendor and stripped passions of a land in the turmoil of creation... See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperio de titanes See more »

Filming Locations:

Petersburg, Alaska, USA

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Referenced in American Masters: Tyrus (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat
(uncredited)
Written by Leon René, Otis René and Emerson Scott
Played when Bridie, Zeb and Bay are out on the terrace at the engagement party
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Overlooked Ferber adaptation
2 July 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Another cinematic weakness of mine has been the filming of Edna Ferber's stories. Here work adapts so well to the cinema I think it's impossible to make a bad movie of her work.

Ice Palace is always given short shrift when it is viewed in comparison to Showboat, Cimarron, and most importantly Giant. Actually it is Giant that Ice Palace seems to have the most in common with. Two men grow wealthier during the history of the area's growth and are changed by their love for the same woman. Carolyn Jones had quite an effect on the two men panting after her, the same as Elizabeth Taylor did to Rock Hudson and James Dean.

I viewed Ice Palace again after seeing it many years ago and it is as good as I remembered it the first time. Two fine portrayals of rival empire builders are given by Richard Burton and Robert Ryan. You can feel the hatred they have for each other come crackling right out of the TV screen as on the big screen. Carolyn Jones as she ages from comely young Scotch lassie to matronly spinster because she won't commit to either man, makes you forget her as Morticia Adams.

If Ice Palace has a weakness it's in the direction. I think if George Stevens had done this one it would have been a cinema classic like Giant is. Still Ice Palace is a fine film that is often overlooked in retrospectives of either Richard Burton or Robert Ryan.


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