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North to Alaska (1960)

During the Alaska gold rush, prospector George sends partner Sam to Seattle to bring his fiancée but when it turns out that she married another man, Sam returns with a pretty substitute, the hostess of the Henhouse dance hall.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Sam McCord
Stewart Granger ... George Pratt
Ernie Kovacs ... Frankie Canon
Fabian ... Billy Pratt
Capucine ... Michelle Bonet - aka Angel
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Peter Boggs
Karl Swenson ... Lars Nordquist
Joe Sawyer ... Land Commissioner
Kathleen Freeman ... Lena Nordquist
John Qualen ... Logger Judge
Stanley Adams ... Breezy
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Storyline

Sam and George strike gold in Alaska. George sends Sam to Seattle to bring George's fiancée back to Alaska. Sam finds she is already married, and returns instead with Angel. Sam, after trying to get George and Angel together, finally romances Angel, who, in the meantime, is busy fighting off the advances of George's younger brother, Billy. Frankie is a con man trying to steal the partners' gold claim.

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When Big Sam wanted somethin', he got it - the best! When he did somethin', he did it big... Like taming a woman the way you tame the land! Or fighting until the last man was down! Now Big Sam was set. He and the Seattle pleasure palace doll were on their way -- to the top of the world! See more »


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Trivia

The day after Johnny Horton's recording of the theme song was released, he was killed in a car crash. Despite the singer not being around to promote the record, it reached #1 on the country charts and #4 on the Hot 100. It also reached #23 in the UK. See more »

Goofs

Edison Blue Amberol cylinder records are played in the stateroom scene and honeymoon cabin. The film is set in 1900, but these records were not manufactured until 1912. See more »

Quotes

Billy Pratt: Sam?
Sam McCord: Yes, Billy?
Billy Pratt: How do you feel when you're jealous?
Sam McCord: Well, how should I know?
Billy Pratt: Well, I'm jealous!
Sam McCord: Oh, where's that whiskey?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: NOME, 1900 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Car 54, Where Are You?: Love Finds Muldoon (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Genevieve
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Tucker
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My favorite movie of all time!
5 May 2002 | by CapucineSee all my reviews

This movie is too funny! And too heartwarming! I can watch this movie over and over and still laugh! And it is not slapstick! Just good ole wholesome American comedy! My favorite! Three men, (well, two men and a teen) and a French woman! What a combo!! John Wayne is his usual macho self. That is always fun to watch. And Stewart Granger is soooo good here! I have seen him in many things, but I think he out-did himself here! He's too funny! And poor Fabian. He breaks my heart with his love-sick adoration of Michelle! If you haven't seen this, you must rent it. You will be glad you did. And you WILL end up watching it again. It's that type of movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Alaskans See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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