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North to Alaska1960

North to Alaska (1960)




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An Alaskan prospector (John Wayne) escorts a girl from Seattle to a northern boom town. Comedy ensues when the girl falls for her escort and not the lovestruck partner for who she was intended. Simpering crooner Fabian delivers "If You Knew." The popularity of the title song sung by Johnny Horton helped provide an excellent box office return on the film.

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John Wayne
as Sam McCord
Stewart Granger
as George Pratt
Ernie Kovacs
as Frankie Canon
as Angel
as Billy Pratt
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Peter Boggs
Karl Swenson
as Lars Nordquist
Joe Sawyer
as Land Commissioner
Kathleen Freeman
as Lena Nordquist
Douglas Dick
as Lieutenant
Lilyan Chauvin
as Jenny Lamont
Marcel Hillaire
as Jenny's Husband Butler
Richard Deacon
as Angus Desk Clerk
James Griffith
as Salvationist
Max Hellinger
as Bish the Waiter
Richard Collier
as Skinny Sourdough
Dog: Hobo
as Clancy
Esther Dale
as Woman at picnic
Roy Jenson
as Logger
Charles Seel
as Gold buyer
Rayford Barnes
as Gold Buyer
Oscar Beregi
as Captain
Alan Carney
as Bartender with Hat
Tom Dillon
as Barber
Arlene Harris
as Queen Lil
Joey Faye
as Sourdough
Pamela Raymond
as Pony Dancer
Patty Wharton
as Specialty Dancer
Johnny Lee
as Coachman
Tudor Owen
as Purser
Paul Maxey
as Fat Sourdough
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Critic Reviews for North to Alaska

All Critics (8) of the most unexpected and delightful surprises of Henry Hathaway's entire career.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

I can't in good conscience call this one of John Wayne's best movies, but I have to say that 'North to Alaska' has always been one of my favorites. It's just plain fun.

December 10, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

An OK John Wayne up north comedy western. Not one of his better efforts, but it has its moments.

October 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

One of John Wayne's most popular Western-adventures, North to Alaska reveals his light comedy skills, and benefits from Shamroy's on-location shoot, hathaway's smooth helming, and great cast, headed by Cappucine, Ernie Kovacs, Stewart Granger, and Fabian

March 16, 2007 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Never amounts to even a speck of gold.

July 16, 2005 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Harmless watchable cheesefest.

May 5, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for North to Alaska

This movie is the original "Pretty Woman" only a lot more light hearted and one of the more humorous John Wayne flicks. John Wayne plays his typical rough and tumble type character, this time as a just-struck-it-rich miner with a love 'em and leave 'em attitude but also with a heart of gold. Three or four bar-room brawls and the entrance of Ernie Kovacs as the Snidley Whiplash-pencil-thin-mustache scheming type character keep the movie lighthearted and funny. Frenchie beauty Capucine plays the hooker with the heart of gold that trys to claim Sam McCords heart. Ha - new quote to the list (now to have to do it in the John Wayne typical drawl): There's one thing you gotta learn about women. They're all liars. And if they ain't liars, they're worse, laying for you with wedding music. Take that little dame from Oregon. All I was doing was tying her shoe laces and she starts beating me over the head with a preacher. Or that little thing from Minnesota, who tried to marry me while I was so drunk I didn't know what I was doing, if it hadn't been for the parson's mercy, I'd have been hooked good, for good! You just can't trust women. No matter how honest they act, they all want to be wives!

Chad Roesti
Chad Roesti

Super Reviewer


This is a action filled comedy western, funny and heartwarming and John plays his usual macho self. My favorite scene would be the one where George and Capucine succeeds in making the Duke jealous. Hilarious!

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

This is incredible comedy-adventure as well as John Wayne hangs up his stirrups, puts away his scowl, and reveals himself as an unexpectedly brilliant slapstick comic. This is rather than a typical John Wayne Western, this is a John Wayne Northern. And Capucine is wonderfully in her performance as "Angel" who's in love with Big Sam (Wayne), not Sam's partner. She looked so beautiful as a French actress.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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