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 (Stewart Granger) sends his partner Sam McCord (John 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 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 the film