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Back to God's Country (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | November 1953 (USA)
In north-western Canada,in the 1870s,American schooner captain Peter Keith hopes to return to America with a cargo of furs before winter but two local crooks plan to steal Keith's cargo,boat and wife.


Joseph Pevney


James Oliver Curwood (story), Tom Reed (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Rock Hudson ... Peter Keith
Marcia Henderson ... Dolores Keith
Steve Cochran ... Paul Blake
Hugh O'Brian ... Frank Hudson
Chubby Johnson ... Shorter
Tudor Owen ... Fitzsimmons
Arthur Space ... Carstairs
Bill Radovich Bill Radovich ... Lagi
John Cliff ... Joe
Pat Hogan ... Uppy
Ivan Triesault ... Reinhardt
Charles Horvath ... Nelson


In a small village in the icy wilderness of Alaska Captain Peter Keith has to defend himself against two especially mean villains, who are after his wife Dolores and a boatload of precious hides. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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November 1953 (USA) See more »

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Le justicier impitoyable See more »

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Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The real name of the Great Dane who played Wapi was Baron. See more »


Paul Blake: Don't go away, Frank. I might need you.
Frank Hudson: Well, you better get your gun. It will help you more than I will.
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Version of Back to God's Country (1927) See more »

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A sage of high adventure and conquest well starred by Rock Hudson
13 September 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Rousing adventure set in north-western Canada, next to Alaska , in the 1870s with all the usual ingredients as thrills , emotion , including glowing colour and distinctive photography in Cinemascope . Spectacular adventure and romance in which American schooner captain Peter Keith (Rock Hudson) hopes to return to America with a cargo of furs before winter but two (Steve Cochran, Hugh O'Brian) ) determined local crooks scheme to rob Keith's cargo , boat and spouse (Marcia Henderson) . Set in the white jungle of the North in which our protagonist and his wife along with a Great Dane called Wapi , being all of them mercilessly pursued by nasty , rugged men who are after a boatload of precious hides . Then they flee in the heart of the wilderness . Both of whom will take on a death struggle , thundering terror of the avalanche , wildlife and anything else . Roaring out of the gale-lashed north .. The sage of a mighty conquest ...The sage of conquest and high adventure ¡

This shimmering picture is set in the North wildness , in the Canadian mountains, at a small village in the icy wilderness of Alaska , and specifically at the treacherous jungle of ice plenty of wild wolf attack , wild avalanche and a fight for life against fury of claws and fangs . This exciting film deals with a Wild Love Story in the Wild North and it contains adventures , thrills , an enjoyable romance and colorful outdoors well filmed by cameraman Maury Gertsman who photographs splendidly the snowbound scenarios . One of the colourful , moving and action features that Universal International Pictures trotted out with polish , professionality and much regularity in the 50s . It bears resemblance to another Universal film titled ¨The Wild North¨ by Andrew Marton with Stewart Granger , Wendell Corey and Cyd Charysse. Interesting though sometimes boring screenplay by Tom Reed based on a story by James Oliver Curwood . It's a quickie with last luster and medium-budget but it manages to be at least an enjoyable adventure movie because of it contains noisy action , sensational outdoors and outlandish as well as risked situations abound . There's some fascinating in watching the dangerous aventures of Rock Hudson and wife Marcia Henderson , being relentlessly chased , but using stocks originally shot since former films , especially on avalanche scenes . Plenty of a Hollywood all-star cast ; however ordinary script complications muddle the tale . This is a Rock Hudson adventure set in Alaska , he plays Peter Keith who along with his wife have to defend themselves against two especially mean villains . Rock starred a lot of adventure movies , such as : The Desert Hawk , Bengal Brigade , Spiral road , Battle Hymm , and Thunder of God . Rock was Douglas Sirk's fetish actor including essential titles as Taza , Magnificent obsession , Written in the wind , among others . He is well supported by Marcia Henderson who really was a pretty package and she is was worth the price of admission to see her . Support cast is very good such as : Steve Cochran , Hugh O'Brian , Chubby Johnson , Tudor Owen ,Charles Horvath, Arthur Space and Pat Hogan .

Colorful cinematography in brilliant Technicolor by Maury Gertsman , mostly shot in studios , Universal Studios City Plaza , Universal City , California . And usual exteriors filmed on location in Sun Valley, Idaho , Colorado and Universal studios , full of exciting color , and all grandeur of the wilderness captured in breathtaking images . Stirring , evocative and thrilling musical score by Frank Skinner . The motion picture produced by Howard Christie was professionally directed by Joseph Pevney , though with no originality and some moments result to be a little tiring ; as it has some flaws , gaps and failures . Pevney replaced Douglas Sirk -Hudson's regular filmmaker- who was originally set to direct the film , that's why he fell ill . Joseph Pevney was a good artisan , being well known as a very organized and precise filmmaker who was nonetheless relaxed on the set . He directed a lot of movies of all kinds of genres such as Wartime : Torpedo run , Away all boats , Air cadet . Adventures as Yankee Pasha , Tammy , Twilight for the God, Congo crossing ,Ring circus , Legion of desert . Western : Lady from Texas , The plunderers . Thriller : Undercover girl , Flesh and fury , Man of a thousand faces , Iron Man , Shakedown , The strange Door , 6 bridges to cross , Istanbul. Rating : 5.5/10 . Passable and decent adventure movie . The flick will appeal to Rock Hudson fans .

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