North to Alaska is a 1960 comedic Western/Northern film directed by Henry Hathaway and John Wayne (uncredited). The picture stars Wayne along with Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian, and Capucine . The script is based on the 1939 play Birthday Gift by Ladislas Fodor and is set during the Nome gold rush.
Hap did stunt double work for John Wayne in the movie ” North to Alaska “.
He had Ricky Nelson in Rio Bravo and Frankie Avalon in The Alamo and now Fabian in North to Alaska .
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When George Pratt (Stewart Granger) and Sam McCord (John Wayne) strike gold in Alaska, they must struggle to keep their fortune because of the constant interference from Frankie Canon (Ernie Kovacs), who wants to claim the gold for himself. After being ordered to find George’s fiancée in Seattle, Sam discovers that she has already married another man. Unable to deliver George’s fiancée, Sam decides to bring him a prostitute named Angel (Capucine).
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Johnson doubled for John Wayne as a speed climber in the 1960 film ” North to Alaska ” and was well known on the exhibition circuit. Later, Johnson developed a clown act where he stood on the top of a pole , dropped his safety gear and pretended to fall backwards off the perch.
November 7, 1960 (USA)
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John Wayne had a number of actors he appeared with over and over. They include Ward Bond , Maureen O’Hara, Harry Carey Jr . Ben Johnson , but for my money Paul Fix would be my choice. They appeared together in 22 movies going back to 1943.