Alaska Seas is a 1954 crime film noir directed by Jerry Hopper and starring Robert Ryan and Brian Keith. The supporting cast features Jan Sterling, Gene Barry and Aaron Spelling. The picture is a loose remake of the 1938 film Spawn of the North, which had starred George Raft, Henry Fonda and John Barrymore.
|Directed by||Jerry Hopper|
|Produced by||Mel Epstein|
|Written by||Walter Doniger|
|Cinematography||William C. Mellor|
|Edited by||Archie Marshek|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|January 27, 1954|
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.
- Robert Ryan - Matt Kelly
- Brian Keith - Jim Kimmerly
- Jan Sterling - Nicki Jackson
- Gene Barry - Verne Williams
- Richard Shannon - Tom Erickson
- Ralph Dumke - Dad Jackson
- Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. - Joe
- Timothy Carey - Wycroff
- Peter Coe - Greco
- Jim Hayward - The jailer
- Aaron Spelling - The knifer
- William Fawcett - The silversmith
Van Heflin was meant to star alongside Ryan and Jan Sterling. He pulled out just before filming and he was replaced by Brian Keith, who was playing another part. Gene Barry stepped into Keith's old role.
- Tribune GO-TO-MOVIE GUIDE: Chicago Daily Tribune 21 June 1953: g3.
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