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North to Alaska (1960)


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Release Date: Nov 7, 1960 Wide



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Those familiar only with Johnny Horton's song hit North to Alaska might not be aware that the song came equipped with a movie. John Wayne and Stewart Granger star as a couple of lucky miners in Alaska Territory during the '98 gold rush. Since the Duke is the only man he can trust, Granger sends his pal to Seattle to fetch his fiance. Fabian appears in the cast (playing Granger's brother) primarily to attract teenage filmgoers; he gets to sing, of course, but he's better than usual. The film's

May 20, 2003

20th Century Fox

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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 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

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

October 6, 2007
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Never amounts to even a speck of gold.

July 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Harmless watchable cheesefest.

May 5, 2004

Audience Reviews for North to Alaska

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.
January 4, 2009
Dean McKenna

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Rollicking fun, Capucine is lovely and John Wayne seems more relaxed then usual.
October 19, 2008
jay nixon

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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!
May 24, 2010
Chad Roesti

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