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DVD Reviews: John Wayne Big Westerns Collection: North to Alaska

The Final Say!

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Reviewed by Alex Cuming
Review Date: 26 May 2003
Distributed by:
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time: 117 Minutes

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.

John Wayne Big Westerns Collection: North to Alaska Features

  • Theatrical Trailer


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