Rex Beach’s novel of romance and adventure in early-day Alaska comes to the screen as a hearty, salty, action film well-trouped by a good cast headed by Gregory Peck.
Action spills over into mob fights, good-humored tests of strength between male principals, and even winds up with a finale horse chase, hand-to-hand duel and the explosion of a Russian gunboat for good measure.
Peck, as daring sea captain, sails his ship into San Francisco Harbor with a load of seal pelts taken in the waters off Russian-owned Alaska. He meets Ann Blyth, a Russian countess fleeing from a Czar-arranged marriage and trying to get to her uncle in Sitka.
Love blooms quickly between the two, but on the day they are to be married the pursuing Russian prince arrives, carts her off on his gunboat and leaves Peck believing he has been jilted.