by Henry Hathaway
Country: USA
Year: 1960
Duration: 122'

The early 1900s: the gold rush has brought thousands of men to Alaska to try their luck. Three of them are Sam McCord and the brothers George and Billy Pratt. After leaving for Seattle to accompany George's fiancee back to him, Sam discovers that the woman is already married. To keep from returning empty-handed, he convinces the prostitute Michelle to accompany him. Michelle thinks she has been promised to Sam, and once she arrives up north, she discovers the truth and immediately tries to go back home. Sam and his companions also find themselves dealing with the schemes of shady Frankie Cannon, who tries to steal their mining concession. After a furious brawl that involves the entire town, Sam confesses his feelings to Michelle and convinces her to remain.


film director

Henry Hathaway

(Sacramento, USA, 1898 – Los Angeles, USA 1985), the pseudonym of Henri Leopold De Fiennes, of noble origins, was the son of the Hungarian-Belgian marquise Lillie de Fiennes, an actress who went by the name of Jane Hathaway, and of Rhody Hathaway, an actor and impresario. Henry started working as an actor during the early years of silent films with Allan Dwan; during the 1920s, he was an assistant to Victor Fleming and Von Sternberg; and he debuted as a director in 1932 with Heritage of the Desert (1932). He met Gary Cooper on the set of Now and Forever (1934) and worked with him in seven other movies, including the prize-winning The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935). During the 1940s, he worked with Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death (1947) and with James Stewart in Call Northside 777 (1948). During the following decade, he shot war movies (The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, 1951), spy stories (Diplomatic Courier, 1952), dramas (Niagara, 1953, which launched Marilyn Monroe), westerns (Garden of Evil, 1954), thrillers (23 Paces to Baker Street, 1956), and adventure movies, North to Alaska, (1960). During his final professional years, he dedicated himself above all to westerns, such as The Sons of Katie Elder (1964) and True Grit (1969), which earned John Wayne an Oscar.


Heritage of the Desert (Salvataggio nel deserto, 1932), To the Last Man (1933), The Thundering Herd (1933), Man of the Forest (1933), The Last Round-Up (1934), Now and Forever (Rivelazione, 1934), Peter Ibbetson (Sogno di prigioniero, 1935), The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (I lancieri del Bengala, 1935), The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (Il sentiero del pino solitario, 1936), Go West Young Man (1936), Souls at Sea (Anime sul mare, 1937), Spawn of the North (Il falco del nord, 1938), The Real Glory (La gloriosa avventura, 1939), Brigham Young (La grande missione, 1939), Johnny Apollo (Il prigioniero, 1940), Sundown (Inferno nel deserto, 1941), The Shepherd of the Hills (Il grande tormento, 1941), China Girl (Ragazza cinese, 1942), Home in Indiana (Due donne e un purosangue, 1944), Wing and a Prayer (La nave senza nome (1944), The House on 92nd Street (La casa della 92ª strada, 1945), 13 Rue Madeleine (Il 13 non risponde, 1946), The Dark Corner (Il grattacielo tragico, 1946), Kiss of Death (Il bacio della morte, 1947), Call Northside 777 (Chiamate Nord 777, 1948), Down to the Sea in Ships (Naviganti coraggiosi, 1949), The Black Rose (La rosa nera, 1950), The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (Rommel, la volpe del deserto, 1951), You’re in the Navy Now (Il comandante Johnny, 1951), Fourteen Hours (14ª ora, 1951), Rawhide (L’uomo dell’est, 1951), Diplomatic Courier (Corriere diplomatico, 1952), O. Henry’s Full House (La giostra umana, 1952), White Witch Doctor (Tempeste sul Congo, 1953), Niagara (id., 1953), Prince Valiant (Il principe coraggioso, 1954), Garden of Evil (Il prigioniero della miniera, 1954), The Racers (Destino sull’asfalto, 1955), The Bottom of the Bottle (Il fondo della bottiglia, 1955), 23 Paces to Baker Street (23 passi dal delitto, 1956), Legend of the Lost (Timbuctù, 1957), From Hell to Texas (L’uomo che non voleva uccidere, 1958), Woman Obsessed (Ossessione di donna, 1959), North to Alaska (Pugni, pupe e pepite, 1960), Seven Thieves (I sette ladri, 1960), How the West Was Won (La conquista del west, coregia/co-directors George Marshall, John Ford, 1962), Circus World (Il circo e la sua grande avventura, 1964), The Sons of Katie Elder (I 4 figli di Katie Elder, 1965), Nevada Smith (id., 1966), The Last Safari (L’ultimo safari, 1967), 5 Card Stud (Poker di sangue, 1968), True Grit (Il Grinta, 1969), Raid on Rommel (Attacco a Rommel, 1971), Shoot Out (Il solitario di Rio Grande, 1971), Hangup (Los Angeles squadra criminale, 1974).


& Credits

DIRECTOR, PRODUCER: Henry Hathaway. STORY: dalla pièce Birthday Gift by Ladislas Fodor. SCREENPLAY: Claude Binyon, John Lee Mahin, Martin Rackin. CINEMATOGRAPHY: Leon Shamroy. EDITING: Dorothy Spencer. PRODUCTION DESIGN: Duncan Cramer, Jack Martin Smith, Stuart A. Reiss, Walter M. Scott. COSTUMES: Bill Thomas. Music: Lionel Newman, Cyril J. Mockridge. CAST: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Capucine, Karl Swenson, Fabian, John Qualen, Mickey Shaughnessy, Kathleen Freeman, Stanley Adams. PRODUCTION: 20th Century Fox.