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Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | January 1945 (USA)
In the Yukon mining town of Malemute, saloon owner John Calhoun and an assortment of shady characters are after the bags of gold dust the miners deposit in the new bank managed by Calhoun himself.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Houston Branch (story), James Edward Grant (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Honest John Calhoun
Gypsy Rose Lee ... Belle De Valle
Dinah Shore ... Lettie Candless
Bob Burns ... Sam Slade
Charles Winninger ... Pop Candless
William Marshall ... Steve Atterbury
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Sheriff Mervin Maitland (as Guinn Williams)
Robert Armstrong ... George
Florence Bates ... Viola Chase
Victor Kilian ... Professor Salsbury
Wanda McKay ... Cherie Atterbury
Edward Fielding ... C.V. Atterbury
Jane Hale Jane Hale ... Dance Specialty
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Set in the days of the great Canadian Gold Rush, this rousing musical stars Randolph Scott as a "reformed" con artist-turned-dance hall owner whose girlfriend, singer Gypsy Rose Lee, tries to keep him on the straight and narrow. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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A Technicolor Musical Extravaganza See more »


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Trivia

American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-1950, erroneously lists the release date as 1 January 1944, instead of the correct date of 1 January 1945. See more »

Quotes

Belle De Valle: The day you turn platonic is the day that wolves become vegetarians.
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Connections

Referenced in The A-Team: Water, Water Everywhere (1983) See more »

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Like Someone in Love
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Sung by Dinah Shore
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It's enjoyable enough, but, oddly, there's almost no plot!!
27 March 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a weird Randolph Scott film, as it's not exactly a western (it's set in the Yukon, not the American west) and practically nothing really happens in the film! Seriously, it's a nice assemblage of characters and they act and interact but there really is very little tension and not much of a consistent plot. Odd, but still likable enough.

Aside from Scott, the film has a good collection of character actors. Guinn Williams plays a typical affable idiot (like he played in almost all his films), though where his character goes at the end of the film was VERY unlike his other roles. Dinah Shore is on hand to sing a few songs. Charles Winninger plays the usual Winninger type character. Robert Armstrong is kind of a villain....sort of. Now here's the odd one--Gypsy Rose Lee (the famous stripper) is Scott's love interest, though in this film she keeps her clothes on and shows no signs of her former career.

The plot, for what it is, is about all the characters. Scott, in an odd move, isn't even the main focus of the film--he's just there. While I could try to explain them and what they did, it seemed like the film makers just told everyone to wing it! There is some sort of plot near the very end about stolen gold, but it occupies very little of the film.

Overall, watchable and not a bad film...just not a really good one either.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La divina aventurera See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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