ALCAN Highway, is just the kind of little movie I enjoy checking out.
Bill Williams plays Al Graham, half owner of Northern Transport Co. Al's long-distance partner, Gerard Mason (Leslie Bradley), travels north to visit Al in the little town of Tanana to find out why the company's operating expenses are so high. Gerard soon learns a great deal about the difficulties of operating on rugged roads which are prone to washouts and slides.
Gerard's wife Janet (Lyn Thomas), who happens to be Al's old flame, shows up in Tanana unexpectedly. Al is none too happy to see her, and Al's current girlfriend Tina (Nora Hayden) isn't happy about Janet either, especially when she becomes aware that Janet wants Al back.
The movie was filmed on location in Alaska, and although it was made in black and white, the Regalscope pictures shot by William Whitley nonetheless capture some of the region's beauty. One can almost breathe the cool air and feel the dust. I found it quite enjoyable spending an hour or so in 1950s Alaska.
The few sets, which include motel rooms and a cafe, have a realistic look, making me wonder if the interiors were also shot on location.
Bill Williams is solid and believable as the hardworking trucker, with Nick Dennis as his loyal friend and employee.
Nora Hayden (also known as Naura Hayden) is flashy as the curvy Tina, but she proves to be interesting as well as pretty. She has a great scene where she gets back at a businessman who'd tried to put the moves on her when she was sharing a ride with him.
The other actors are adequate, with Jorie Wyler fun as a movie fan waitress named for Claudette Colbert, but for me it was the lead actors and the setting which really made the movie worth seeing.
ALASKA PASSAGE was written and directed by Edward Bernds.
To my knowledge, this film isn't available on DVD or VHS. I recorded it some time ago from Fox Movie Channel.