Alaska Seas

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Alaska Seas
Directed by Jerry Hopper
Produced by Mel Epstein
Written by Walter Doniger
Daniel Mainwairing
Starring Robert Ryan
Brian Keith
Jan Sterling
Gene Barry
Cinematography William C. Mellor
Edited by Archie Marshek
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
January 27, 1954 (1954-01-27)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Alaska Seas is a 1954 crime film noir directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Robert Ryan and Brian Keith. It is a remake of the 1938 film Spawn of the North.


Matt Kelly (Robert Ryan) is released from jail and skips town in his boat without paying outstanding storage fees. Back in his home town he is hired by his old friend Jim Kimmerly (Brian Keith), the head of the local salmon fishermen who have formed a canning co-operative. The fishermen are battling against an organised gang who are robbing the fishing traps. Matt however, short on cash, joins the raiders, whilst Jim, unaware of his duplicity, keeps covering for him amongst the other fishermen. Furthermore, Kelly has his eyes upon Jim’s fiancée, Nicki (Jan Sterling). Kelly's recklessness eventually causes the loss of Kimmerly's fishing boat in a glacier avalanche. He tries to make amends for his misdemeanours in an act of self-sacrifice.


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