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North To Alaska [DVD] [1961]

John Wayne , Stewart Granger , Henry Hathaway    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian, Capucine
  • Directors: Henry Hathaway
  • Writers: Ben Hecht, Claude Binyon, John H. Kafka, John Lee Mahin, Ladislas Fodor
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008RWW7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A lighthearted western starring John Wayne and Stewart Granger as rough and tumble gold prospectors in Alaska. When Sam McCord (Wayne) and George Pratt (Granger) eventually strike it rich in the gold rush, George sends Sam to Seattle to fetch his fiancée; but Sam falls in love with her. George eventually accepts his loss and sets about finding a new gal, but only seems to find trouble.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are friends for? 30 April 2005
Partners (John Wayne, Stewart Granger, and Fabiano Anthony Forte) who share an interest in a gold mine near Nome Alaska must fend off all sorts of claim jumpers and worse. In the middle of the struggle we realize the definite lack of available women. Due to the riggers of protecting the mine Stewart Granger (George) asks John Wayne (Sam) to retrieve his intended from Seattle.
John Wayne intends to fulfill the contract but finds a small hitch. The intended is already married. However everyone knows that one Frenchie is like another and if you can replace a departed pet then why not a departed ... well you get the idea.
On his return things get a little more complicated.
Who are the good people and who is the bad?
So watch the movie and see who gets the mine and who if anyone gets the girl.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great fun ! 1 Mar 2004
In 1960 John Wayne starred in this action/comedy film, set on the Alaska Gold Rush of the beginning of the XX century.
Acording to some biographers, Wayne accepted to do this film still on the production of "The Alamo", based only in the sugestive title of a scrip yet unwritten and the assurance that it would be directed by the efficient Henry Hathaway.
North to Alaska is an agreeable ligth comedy with good interpretations by Wayne and Stweart Granger and the interesting presences of young singer Fabian and the European beauty Cappucine.
This DVD is presented in 2.35/1 aspect ratio and the print is good enough presenting nice color.The sound was remastered to 4.0, wich allows us to kind of rediscover the classic title tune, a hit by Johnny Horton in 1960. Well worth the price !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Real Nugget. 31 Dec 2008
This is a nice family western, not too heavy with some great comedy moments. It's just nice to put your boots up n'ease back in your chair to enjoy a film from start to finish. There's no deep message or questionable casting it's just a good natured rowdy romp.

John Wayne and Stewart Granger work really well together as do all the key players. This ain't gonna be up there with the greatest westerns of all time but it has a fantastic cast, some nice set pieces including the obligatory saloon fight and what else can I say -it's all here.

If you want some easy going fun in the west then look no further. Adios.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun 23 Aug 2004
By J J
John Wayne at his best, playing a misunderstood character. Good fun about men mining for gold, and the troubles they encounter from other men, trying to stake a claim on what is already theres.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray review 22 Jan 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well Guys,
First things first,North to Alaska blu-ray us import is REGION FREE!!!!!!!!
Now,I bought this for my "xmas",it,s a sentimental buy for me,seen it first time around at the Cinema,I was about 10/11,this blu-ray is the BEST it,s looked,sharp as a tack,a real credit to the guys who restored/remastered this for blu-ray,it was a pleasure watching it,HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all fans of North to Alaska.
Davy Cairns,Scotland.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne a shining star 29 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Although i am bias being a huge fan North to Alaska showcases John Wayne in one of his best performances. Along with McLintok and The Quiet Man the Duke provides us with quality entertainment that proves weterns are still running strong. A definite movie worth seeing its so funny you'll be falling of your chair. You'll love it so much you'll watch over and over with the whole family. The story tells of a very macho and proud man Sam McCort (wayne) heading to Seatle to collect his friends fiance only to bring back a french woman with an agenda: Marry Sam ! The very reluctant Sam finds himself fighting against what he wants and what he thinks he should have. Stewart Granger also stars making the kettle boil over with fun !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. brawling Wayne vehicle 31 July 2007
Hathaway's genial directing style, with its frequently rich mise-en-scene, seemed to suit Wayne's later career, and some of the films which resulted remain firm favourites today. Before the overrated True Grit (1969) and the underrated Sons of Katie Elder (1965) came this typically rumbustious piece. Wayne's first real foray into self-mocking comedy, North to Alaska is not as broad humoured as McLagen's McLintock! (1963) but still suffers from a degree of sexism which some modern viewers may find annoying, others just ironic. It is redeemed by being a very good natured film with a strong set of performances by the central cast, as well as some handsome production values.

It's interesting that the film opens as the all-important `strike', at least in a conventional sense, has already happened. Despite the future depredations of Frankie Canon (a well-cast Ernie Kovacs), Sam (Wayne) and George (Granger) will continue to enjoy their new-found wealth. Sam in particular seems to be perpetually well heeled, with a thick wad of the folding stuff always to hand. These two prospectors are now concerned with a second, more pressing `mother lode' - this time of the heart. The film is less about rich seams of ore than the veins of romance, with Sam, George and Billy (Fabian) each doing their own emotional `prospecting'. When Sam heads South to recover George's fiance, it turns out that he is being just as adventurous as leading a pack

Hathaway was brought into the project after Richard Fleischer's departure, and the finished result shows an interesting balance between the veteran's predictably sure touch as well as the improvisational nature of some of the filming.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
John Wayne has been in better films
Published 6 days ago by Andy
4.0 out of 5 stars If Jack London has written the scenario of "Pretty Woman" and made it...
I liked this 1960 western comedy and I spend a really good moment watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darth Maciek
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived on time. Have not watched it, so unable to comment. Same goes for Donovan Reef.
Published 1 month ago by Allan Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good disc
Published 1 month ago by NICHOLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by carol
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Wayne movies.
This was a good romp for all the cast, chance to have fun. Good scenic background, where ever it is.
Published 4 months ago by BarryRM18
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
great dvd very good story line i would recommened buying this dvd if you enjoy watching john wayne films great buy
Published 6 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars classic western
old fashioned values in this classic western which every diehard character fights for there survival a must watch to all young and old
Published 8 months ago by duncan
5.0 out of 5 stars first class
boy you can tell they have remasterd this and cleand it up realy sharp and the couler aer so fresh just like a new dvd you can see the bit in film weare jw wig falls off never... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. P. L. Eastwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun comedy western with The Duke
This is a great fun,fluffy slapstick comedy with The Duke.He really was underrated at comedy.His expressions and line delivery throughout are great. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D Mara
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