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North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic western movie directed by Henry Hathaway and John Wayne (uncredited). It starred Wayne along with Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine. The script is based on the play Birthday Gift by Ladislas Fodor and set in Nome, 1900. The movie featured Johnny Horton’s song of the same name, sung during the opening titles.
After finding gold in Alaska, George Pratt (Stewart Granger) sends partner Sam McCord (John Wayne) to Seattle to bring back his fiancée, a French girl whom Sam has never met.
Finding there that George’s girl has already married another man, Sam brings back prostitute “Angel” (Capucine) as a substitute. There is a misunderstanding: she thinks Sam wants her for himself and begins to become enamored with him during the boat trip to Alaska, during which he treats her like a respectable lady.
An angry George rejects the girl outright, though his younger brother Billy (Fabian) is definitely interested. Meanwhile, con man and saloon owner Frankie Cannon (Ernie Kovacs) tries to steal their gold claim.
In time, George takes a liking to Angel and is willing to marry her. But once he realizes that she has fallen for his partner, he does everything in his power to coax Sam into admitting that he, too, is in love.
Meanwhile, the men discovered Cannon’s scam after he convinced his illiterate janitor, so they try to reclaim their right in the court. The story concludes with an all-out brawl in the town’s muddy streets. Angel decides to leave but the guys convince her to stay.
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