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Spoilers of the North (1947)

The "spoilers" in this Republic programmer are headed by unscrupulous salmon fisherman Matt Garraway (Paul Kelly). Treating women and competitors with equal contempt, Garraway charms and ... See full summary »

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Richard Sale

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Milton Raison (as Milton M. Raison)
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Cast overview:
Paul Kelly ... Matt Garraway
Lorna Gray ... Jane Koster (as Adrian Booth)
Evelyn Ankers ... Laura Reed
James Millican ... Bill Garraway (as James A. Millican)
Roy Barcroft ... Moose McGovern
Louis Jean Heydt ... Inspector Carl Winters
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht ... Joe Taku
Harlan Briggs ... Salty
Francis McDonald ... Pete Koster
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Doctor
Neyle Morrow ... Johnny
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The "spoilers" in this Republic programmer are headed by unscrupulous salmon fisherman Matt Garraway (Paul Kelly). Treating women and competitors with equal contempt, Garraway charms and abandons such lovelies as Laura Reed (Evelyn Ankers) and Jane Koster (Adrian Booth). Having persuaded Laura to put up money for his fish cannery, Garraway drops her like a bad habit and begins pursuing Jane, so that she'll recruit her Native American friends to do some off-season salmon fishing. Jane's brother Pete (Francis McDonald) figures out long before anyone else does that Garraway is a no-good, and he sets the wheels in motion for the villain's ultimate downfall. Even if the opening credits had been removed, audiences would have known that Spoilers of the North was a Republic picture when Roy Barcroft showed up as Greenaway's chief henchman.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1947 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Salmon piracy in Sitka
6 November 2008 | by KrasnoludekSee all my reviews

Matt Garraway, an unscrupulous salmon fisher tries to hatch a scheme in Sitka to fish past season using a loophole for Native Americans. He gathers a group of accomplices, including two Native Americans and sets to work. His plan faces some grudging opposition from his brother with a conscience and his oblivious fiancée, who comes up from Seattle to take care of him after he's injured. In short, there's more than one reason to find this guy to be a total scuzzbag and you don't feel bad when some problems begin with his operation and his personal life.

The plot is fairly standard for the decade, even with the exotic Alaskan setting. And boy do they make use of the setting: there's so much filler about the salmon industry and the salmon life-cycle, you half wonder if some real salmon cannery hadn't sponsored the movie. Unfortunately, another typical aspect from the era is racist jokes at the expense of Native American people, and this movie has its share. At least they're counterbalanced with the interesting character of Jane, the "half-breed", played by a fairly young Lorna Gray. She's full of conviction and has that spark of fire that makes her worth watching, and she performs the two most singularly interesting acts in the movie. It's because of her that I've given this movie an extra point above a pleasantly forgettable 6/10.


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