Belle of the Yukon

Belle of the Yukon

Director: William Seiter

Cast: Randolph Scott, Gypsy Rose Lee, Dinah Shore

     
 

Belle Of The Yukon is standard backstage musical fare, featuring Randolph Scott as a reformed con man who has fled north from the law and opened a successful dancehall/ gambling establishment in the upper reaches of Malamute. Meanwhile, his former lover Belle (Gypsy Rose Lee), who he deserted when he went on the lam, arrives as part of a new show troupe andSee more details below

Overview

Belle Of The Yukon is standard backstage musical fare, featuring Randolph Scott as a reformed con man who has fled north from the law and opened a successful dancehall/ gambling establishment in the upper reaches of Malamute. Meanwhile, his former lover Belle (Gypsy Rose Lee), who he deserted when he went on the lam, arrives as part of a new show troupe and finds her ex-boyfriend's new ways powerfully attractive. But Lettie Candless (Dinah Shore) also has designs on our hero. A thin plot and light characterizations are kept afloat by bouncy performances, glitzy production, and the usual clutch of sprightly musical numbers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Belle of the Yukon is a tired, and sometimes tiring, hybrid of a musical, Western and romantic comedy. It doesn't succeed as any of them, but it does have a few noteworthy assets. Probably the one that will interest most people is the presence of legendary ecdysiast Gypsy Rose Lee. Lee keeps her clothes on, but even draped she's got a physical presence that holds some interest. Of greater importance, she has a very winning way with a wisecrack and a quip. Her performance as a whole is somewhat lacking, but when she feels at home with a rejoinder, she does know how to make it hit home. Dinah Shore's singing is also quite welcome, although her dramatic performance is rather listless. Blame for this may charitably but reasonably be assigned to the lifeless script. Finally, Yukon also benefits from the truly lovely song "Like Someone in Love," one of the finest long-lined ballads James Van Heusen ever penned and one of the simply loveliest melodies ever warbled on the screen. Many others will also be glad that "Sleighride in July" is on hand; certainly it does offer a respite from the annoying dialogue, the disjointed plot, the unimaginative direction of William Seiter and the inept performance of Randolph Scott. The film also has some great costumes and a generally good look; but there's precious little real gold in this Yukon.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2005
UPC:
0027616127785
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:24:00

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Randolph Scott Honest John Calhoun
Gypsy Rose Lee Belle Devalle
Dinah Shore Lettie Candless
Charles Winninger Pop Candless
William Marshall Steve
Florence Bates Viola
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams Marshall Maitland
Donald Smith George
Victor Kilian The Professor
Edward Fielding C.V. Atterbury
Wanda McKay Cherie Atterbury
Charles Soldani Fire Chief
Bob Burns Sam Slade
Bob Burns Sam Slade
Horace B. Carpenter Actor

Technical Credits
William Seiter Director,Producer
Houston Branch Original Story
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Art Lange Score Composer
Don Loper Choreography
Ernest Nims Editor
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
James VanHeusen Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Belle of the Yukon
1. Start [1:48]
2. A New Act in Town [7:15]
3. Every Girl Is Different [10:30]
4. Crooks on the Run [6:55]
5. Certain Circumstances [6:40]
6. A Broken Heart [7:51]
7. One Jump Ahead [7:09]
8. New Bank of Malemute [7:33]
9. Double-Crossing Partners [2:21]
10. Chasing Indians [2:04]
11. A Day Just Like This [6:33]
12. A Town's Withdrawal [9:43]

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