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Spawn of the North Details


The visual wizardry in this period action picture about Alaskan fishermen won a special honorary Oscar in the years before special effects got its own category. Henry Fonda stars as Jim Kimmerlee, a salmon fisherman in Alaska who has become at odds with a childhood friend, Tyler Dawson (George Raft). While Jim attempts to make an honest living, Tyler, whose frustrated dreams of buying his own schooner don't look to be realized anytime soon, has signed on with a Russian crew that steals the catch from others' nets. While the rivalry between the two one-time pals heats up, Jim begins romancing Dian Turlan (Louise Platt), the daughter of a local newspaperman and renowned tippler, Windy Turlon (John Barrymore). Spawn of the North (1938) was remade as Alaska Seas (1954). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


George Raft
as Tyler Dawson
Henry Fonda
as Jim Kimmerlee
Dorothy Lamour
as Nicky Duval
Akim Tamiroff
as Red Skain
John Barrymore
as Windy Turlon
Louise Platt
as Diane
Lynne Overman
as Jackson
Fuzzy Knight
as Lefty Jones
Vladimir Sokoloff
as Dimitri
Duncan Renaldo
as Ivan
Lee Shumway
as Fisherman
Stanley Andrews
as Partridge
Guy Usher
as Grant
Henry Brandon
as Davis
Egon Brecher
as Erickson
Harvey Clark
as Purser
Monte Blue
as Cannery Official
Irving Bacon
as Cannery Official
Robert Middlemass
as Davis
Adia Kuznetzoff
as Vashia
Arthur Aylesworth
as Fisherman
Rollo Lloyd
as Fisherman
Archie Twitchell
as Fisherman
Eddie Marr
as First Red's gang
Frank Puglia
as Second Red's gang
Wade Boteler
as Fisherman
Edmund Elton
as Minister
Wade Boteler
as Fisherman


Henry Hathaway
Albert Lewin
Talbot Jennings
Jules Furthman
Charles B. Lang
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Boris Morros
Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellsworth Hoagland
Roland Anderson
Production Designer
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Barrett Willoughby
Short Story Author