Pop Ormsby (Harry Shannon) wins the contract from the Army Engineer Corps for the construction of the Alaska Highway connecting Alaska to Canada. The elder of his two sons, Woody Ormseby (Richard Arlen), decides he had rather fight with bullets than bulldozers but is assigned by the Army to work on the project. Woody and his younger brother Steve are both rivals for the affection of Ann Caswell (Jean Parker), the daughter of Road Engineer Blair Caswell (Edward Earle).
October 8, 2012 Subject:
And the war never ends...
A boring peace of war propaganda. This film was obviously sponsored by Alcan aluminium company, one of the major war profiteers. For educational purposes only, no fun.
June 23, 2012 Subject:
Really good film
Really a top-notch B film. Better than average acting and high production values. Good story about the building of the Alcan highway with some good action sequences. Hard to find fault with it. I wish more of the films in the archives were this kind of quality.
September 11, 2010 Subject:
I especially liked this one. I'd call it a WWII lumberjack romance adventure with subtle hints of documentary undertones.
Two brothers and their Father are all in the Army Corps of Engineers and go off to Alaska to build a highway, and of course there's a female character thrown in as a roadblock, and some army guys as comic relief.
It has a played-out story line (two brothers like the same girl), but the rest of the story is engaging, entertaining and quick paced. It was well acted by likable characters with some good lines. The action scenes and scenery were great.
There were some really good - literal- cliff-hanging scenes, and a landslide, a fire, and a bulldozer race. I also liked the documentary scenes quite a bit.