North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic western directed by Henry Hathaway and John Wayne. It stars Wayne along with Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian and Capucine.After finding gold in Alaska, George Pratt (Granger) sends his partner Sam McCord (Wayne) to Seattle to bring back his fiancée, a French girl named Jenny.Finding there that Jenny has already married another man (an old butler). So Sam, not knowing what else to do, goes to a place called the Hen House to console himself. There he runs into a feisty prostitute called "Angel" (Capucine). Then he gets the crazy idea into his head that George will need someone to console him. So Sam brings "Angel" as a substitute. Unfortunately there's a little misunderstanding: she thinks Sam wants to marry her and begins to become enamored with him during the time they spend together, during which he treats her like a respectable lady. Then during the boat trip to Alaska, he explains his crazy scheme to her. At first she's heart-broken, then she gets the idea into her head to find out if he has any feelings for her by going to Alaska anyway.An angry and heartbroken George first rejects Angel outright, though his younger brother Billy is definitely interested. Meanwhile, con man Frankie Cannon (Kovacs) tries to steal their gold claim. In time, George takes a liking to Angel. But once he realizes that she has fallen for Sam, he does everything in his power to help them by coaxing Sam, getting him extremely jealous by staging a fake date with himself and Angel.Meanwhile, the group discovers Cannon's scam after he convinced his illiterate and very drunk janitor, so they try to reclaim their rights in the court. The whole fiasco ends with an all-out brawl in the town's muddy streets. Angel at first decides to leave but Sam (who finally tells her how he really feels), and eventually the entire town convince her to stay.
Tropes in this film:
- Affably Evil: Frankie Cannon.
- Badass: Sam McCord, of course the fact that he's played by John Wayne means this is a no-brainer.
- Bedmate Reveal: Beautifully done when Sam finds the dog Clancy in Angel's bed.
- Book Ends: the film begins and ends with an free-for-all brawl.
- Can't Act Perverted Toward a Love Interest
- Curbstomp Battle: Sam McCord vs Frankie Cannon? I'll give you three guesses.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Angel seems to have had a rough life before she met Sam.
- The Determinator: Sam McCord.
- Expository Theme Tune / Title Theme Tune: Performed by Johnny Horton, it became a #1 country and #4 pop hit.Where the river is windin'
Big nuggets they're findin'
North to Alaska
They go North, the rush is on
- Ms. Fanservice: Angel
- Femme Fatale: Seems Angel may have been one in the past.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Angel
- The Matchmaker: Sam tries to be one for George, then George tries to be one for Sam. Did I mention that this was done with the exact same girl twice?
- Operation Jealousy: to find out if Sam is in love with Angel.George: "He's reached his silent period. I once saw him like this when someone had stolen his favorite horse."
- The Plan: Frankie is very good at useing complicated schemes to get what he wants.
- Platonic Life Partners: Sam, George, and little Billy Pratt.
- Running Gag: Boggs never does get to finish his song.
- Smug Snake: Frankie, pardon me if I don't faint from shock.
- Unwitting Pawn: Boggs, the janitor.