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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Binyon, John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin, Wendell Mayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003
20th Century Fox


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 Butl...
Richard Deacon
as Angus Desk Clerk
James Griffith
as Salvationist
Max Hellinger
as Bish the Waiter
Richard Collier
as Skinny Sourdough
Esther Dale
as Woman at picnic
Dog: Hobo
as Clancy
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 (11) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 21, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2013
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

Full Review… | March 16, 2007

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.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Rollicking fun, Capucine is lovely and John Wayne seems more relaxed then usual.

jay nixon

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

Super Reviewer

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