With some very witty
dialogue and some great laughs, this film is the best one out of the Big
Western series. John Wayne who is normally known best for throwing punches,
cracks some great one liners. Comedy from some of the early years really
still holds up well in these times. The scenes where the young fella is
trying everything he can to please Capucini and ultimately get her in the sack
is done extremely well. His over zealous enthusiasm makes his intentions seem
obvious and his performance is the best in the film. Watching with Western
enthusiasts I came to appreciate the film more than usual, which brings the
usual boredom vibe to slightly entertaining.
Set during the Alaskan
gold rush, George (Granger) asks Sam (Wayne) to bring back his partner Jennie
from Seattle. After Sam sees that Georges girlfriend has married somebody
else he hatches a plan to find George new love. With a plethora of gags and
twists this ride through the western universe one of the best in the series.
Not that I completely
liked the film, Westerns do not appeal a great deal to myself and many in the
reviewing profession. However these films were very popular during their time
and must be perceived as such. The humour of this Western sets it above many
run of the mill westerns from the era.
Overall North to Alaska is
clever, well directed and Wayne is funnier than ever. The scenes with the
teenager trying to woo the 35-year-old are hilarious but unfortunately there
was not enough.
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Westerns Collection: North to Alaska Features