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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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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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on 1 March 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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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 7 October 2015
I must say that, for a normal-length almost 2-hour film, this seemed to go on forever. A lot happens, not always to good effect. The movie looks gorgeous.
Thing is, it's a tale that could have been told in half the time, but here we have seasoned director Henry Hathaway (never a 'great director' but always a pro) encouraging his excellent cast to play what is a pleasing story as near-farce, emphasising the cartoon elements, and - even though it was a cliche way back in 1960 - giving Wayne a character who, despite his obvious worldliness, is scared of women, doesn't understand them, misunderstands them at every opportunity, etc, etc. Cue for much humourless 'farce' involving a rather good Stewart Granger (albeit absent for much of the film) who works well with Wayne, and their young sidekick, played as well as could be expected by teenage pop singer Fabian! He's not too bad at all - though not nearly so effective as Rick Nelson in Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo a year earlier. (Interesting to note that Elvis was not that much better an actor, even in his best films - eg. King Creole, Flaming Star - than his less charismatic peers.)
The Duke is superb in a role he could have played in his sleep, hog-tied and drunk and standing on one leg. Stewart Granger looks relaxed and genuinely happy for once, and Ernie Kovacs (who died, after a handful of films, aged 42) is an effectively slimy baddie, always on the lookout for a deviously good deal. We don't really see enough of him in the bulk of the film, which is a shame since his character could have been developed more than it is.
The best thing in the film - which by the way is set in Alaska during the Gold Rush - by quite a long way is the character of 'Angel' as played by French actress Capucine. She plays every scene totally truthfully, while obviously realising she is being asked to act out what is no more than hokum. But she is wonderful in fact, giving Wayne, Granger, Kovacs, and even Fabian something real to play off.
Capucine, a troubled woman by the sound of it, had a tragic end, hurling herself suicidally off a high balcony at the age of 62. She was a subtle and generous actress, and often rose above dire material (eg. What's New Pussycat). She is a fine foil for Wayne. He seems to know it too.
A very enjoyable film, if a negligible 'western', that is well directed by the rather stolid Hathaway, and acted with a kind of dogged relish by an eclectic cast. Worth seeing at least once. I'm hanging on to my copy, for a piquant reminder of Capucine, and for one more fragrant memory of John Wayne in his gallant prime.

Very enjoyable.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 September 2014
I liked this 1960 western comedy and I spend a really good moment watching it. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Somewhere around 1900, during Nome gold rush (1899-1909), three men hit the jackpot - they find a really huge gold deposit and open a gold mine. Those three partners are Sam McCord (John Wayne), George Pratt (Stewart Granger) and George's much younger brother Billy Pratt (Fabian). Now that they are rich, George can finally ask his fiancée Jenny (Lilyan Chauvin) to come from Seattle and marry him.

But as somebody has to watch the mine, Sam McCord, who must go to Seattle anyway to buy some heavy equipment, is charged with the task of bringing Jenny to Nome. Things will not go as planned however and at one moment another woman will enter the picture and make the life of all three partners quite interesting - stunningly beautiful Michelle Bonnet (Capucine), a.k.a. "Angel", one of most popular hookers in the night club/brothel "Hen's House" in Seattle...

Other than those already described two more characters are important - a con man named Frankie Canon (Ernie Kovacs) and Clancy, a wise, old, huge, terminally fluffy dog with a bathtub fetish...)))

Directed by Henry Hathaway this is a merry, old style western comedy, which doesn't try even for a moment to take itself seriously - for our greatest pleasure! This very entertaining film reminded me pleasantly of some of the merriest Jack London's short stories about Alaska gold fever adventurers (even if they described the earlier Klondike gold rush from 1896-99). All actors clearly had great fun playing in this film and we can see that the director too enjoyed making it.

This film contains all necessary elements of a western, including some shootouts and A LOT of fistfights, the quite obligatory saloon and saloon girls, nice wilderness, log cabins, etc. The one thing which is not entirely canon is that whiskey is largely replaced here by champagne. Also, as this is a light hearted comedy, nobody dies in this film - not even the most insignificant rascal...

The scenes in which Pratt brothers successively court Michelle are wonderful. John Wayne's character drinks a lot, frequent brothels a lot and hits a lot of people in this film - and as he is a former woodcutter he has a quite unique war cry when he begins the next brawl...)))

But the greatest treasure in this film is Capucine, the stunningly beautiful French model/actress, who plays a role somehow similar to that of Julia Roberts in "Pretty woman" - just with a sexier accent (sooo French!) and without the hyena-like laughter...))) And she certainly could act too - every scene with her is a pleasure to see.

The one thing which I found a little bit weaker, is the slapstick humour of the two epic brawls (both of which remodel large parts of the Nome) which play an important role in the story - it certainly aged a little and also I never was a great fan of this kind of burlesque chaos. On another hand, introducing Salvation Army and a savant sea lion into a fistfight is certainly something you don't see every day...))) Still, as this is really not my kind of humour, this is the reason that I rate this film only four stars.

But this point notwithstanding I liked this film and I spend a quite pleasant moment watching it. A recommended viewing. ENJOY!
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on 23 August 2004
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.
Enjoyable.
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on 28 October 2013
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 seen that befor
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on 22 January 2014
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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on 12 January 2013
In my view, his best movie and it has been since I first saw it in 1960. I've bought it in all forms - VHS, DVD and now Blu-ray. It's (almost) beyond me why only Scandinavia saw fit to transfer the movie. Why Scandinavia transferred it is probably due to the fact that a little bit of Swedish can be heard in the Seattle scenes.
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on 8 February 2013
Good quality image of a great [underrated] John Wayne film. Box contains a bluray and Dvd. The Dvd is okay but has only 4 chapter stops. The Bluray is 1080/24p but has no extra's not even a trailer and only Scandinavian [x4] subtitles.
Picture quality is impressive though. released on the Danish Soul Media label.
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