Alaska


1h 16m 1944

Film Details

Also Known As
Flush of Gold, Jack Londons Alaska
Release Date
Dec 22, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; New Hall, Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; Newhall, Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; Newhall--Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Flush of Gold" by Jack London in his Lost Face (New York, 1910).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,855ft

Synopsis

Near the Alaskan town of Moose River, Gary Corbett kills two of the claim jumpers who murdered his father, and is charged with murder himself. Inclement weather precludes Gary's transfer to Juneau for trial, and consequently, John Masters, a U.S. Marshal, releases him into the custody of his friend Pete, the postmaster, until the weather changes. When Gary learns that Judge Mark Bennett signed the eviction notice that was clutched in his murdered father's hand, and that the claim jumpers were friends of Tom LaRue, the owner of the local saloon, he becomes suspicious of both LaRue and Bennett and decides to investigate them. As soon as she sees Gary, Roxie Reagan, an entertainer at LaRue's saloon, falls in love with him, although she is trapped in a loveless marriage to John Reagan, a former Shakespearean actor and an inveterate drunk. When Roxie overhears LaRue order two of his henchmen to dispose of Gary, she brings him home to protect him, and there Gary meets her husband. The next evening, LaRue learns that Gary has broken into the judge's office and sends his henchmen to arrest Gary for burglary. Gary escapes, however, after discovering evidence of the judge's complicity in La Rue's claim-jumping scheme. Desperate to eliminate Gary, LaRue, who is himself in love with Roxie, tells Reagan that Roxie is in love with Gary and suggests that he defend his wife's honor by killing him. When Reagan refuses to cooperate, LaRue contrives a fight between his servant Stumpy and Gary, and after Stumpy is knocked unconscious, LaRue kills him and frames Gary for murder. To spare Gary's life, Roxie offers to go away with LaRue if he agrees to save Gary. Brackett promises to help, but then orders the jail set on fire while Gary is locked in his cell. Reagan, anxious to perform one more great scene, dashes into the flaming building and saves Gary, but loses his own life in the process. As he hurriedly packs his belongings, LaRue is confronted by Gary and the marshal, who kills LaRue with a bullet to the heart. The marshal then admits that he is the covert leader of the claim jumpers, and as he aims his gun at Gary, Gary overpowers him and then turns him over to the proper authorities. Some time later, Roxie and Gary sail to San Francisco to be married.

Film Details

Also Known As
Flush of Gold, Jack Londons Alaska
Release Date
Dec 22, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; New Hall, Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; Newhall, Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States; Newhall--Placerita Canyon--Monogram Ranch, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Flush of Gold" by Jack London in his Lost Face (New York, 1910).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,855ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Flush of Gold. The film's title card reads "Jack London's Alaska." Although the character played by Nils Asther is called "Tom LaRue" in the film's dialogue, he is named "Tom Brackett" in Monogram production records. According to Hollywood Reporter news item, Janina Frostova, a former ballerina with the Polish ballet and the Chicago Civic Opera, and noted violinist January Rubini were to appear in this picture, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to other Hollywood Reporter news items, some scenes were shot at the Monogram Ranch at Placerita Canyon in Newhall, CA, the Long Valley above the Sierras and around June Lake, CA. Modern sources add Tex Cooper to the cast.