Alaska Highway (film)

Alaska Highway is a 1943 American drama film directed by Frank McDonald and starring Richard Arlen, Jean Parker, and Ralph Sanford.

Alaska Highway
Directed byFrank McDonald
Charles Kerr (assistant)
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas)
Written byLewis R. Foster
Maxwell Shane
StarringRichard Arlen
Jean Parker
Ralph Sanford
Music byFreddie Rich
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • 1943 (1943)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States


In February 1942 a road construction gang working in Northern California are summoned to a meeting. The boss of the gang, Pop Ormsby, has been commissioned as a Major in the US Army Corps of Engineers and signs up the entire crew with his two sons, Woody and Steve, gaining direct entry as Technical Sergeants to build the Alcan Highway.

Woody wants to enlist in the US Marine Corps to fight the Japanese rather than build another road. He changes his mind when he meets Ann, the daughter of one of the heads of the project, Blair, with the two brothers fighting over her as they build the highway.

Their feud is forgotten when a fire breaks out.



The script was written in December, when Pine-Thomas renewed their deal with Paramount.[1] At one stage William C. Thomas was going to direct the film.[2]

Pine-Thomas based their film's headquarters in Reno. Filming took place in the Chilkoot Mountains. Filming started 4 January 1943.[3] Release of the film was sped up to take advantage of the Invasion of Attu.[4]


  1. News of the Screen The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file); Boston, Mass. [Boston, Mass]14 Dec 1942: 11
  3. News of the Screen The Christian Science Monitor 24 Dec 1942: 11.
  4. DRAMA AND FILM: Betty Rhodes Will 'Co-Sing' With Crosby Ray Bolger Will Play Jack Donahue Role in 'The Life of Marilyn Miller' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 18 May 1943: 13.
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