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Alaska Lifeboat (1956)

This "Theater of Life" series short focuses on a medical services ship that stops in the native village of Haines, Alaska. The natives are depicted as superstitious of modern medicine. At ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Morgan

Writer:

Herbert Morgan

Star:

Ralph Sarlan
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Ralph Sarlan Ralph Sarlan ... Himself (uncredited)
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This "Theater of Life" series short focuses on a medical services ship that stops in the native village of Haines, Alaska. The natives are depicted as superstitious of modern medicine. At the end, however, youngster Ralph Sarlan (the only person identified by the narrator) is taken by airplane to get corrective surgery on his deformed foot. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Genres:

Documentary | Short

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

RKO-Pathe Specials (1956-1957 season) #3: Alaskan Lifeboat See more »

Filming Locations:

Haines, Alaska, USA

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Crazy Credits

[Opening Title] This is a story of a ship and a girl . . . symbols of hope and of courage along the weather-beaten Alaskan coastline from Ketchikan to Nome . . . a story without actors . . . a story of real people and real purpose. See more »

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Human, charming and educational
1 April 2017 | by ldanlySee all my reviews

It saddens me to read that some people find work like this boring. What is special about this film is the heart that went into making it - behind the camera and in front of it. Audiences who knew this kind of civility in earlier decades may appreciate it more than younger populations who may find the film and the characters dull. More attuned audiences will see how Herbert Morgan brings out the vulnerability of real people and real communities.

The film has a simple narrative line to it with a touch of humor in the situations. The scripted narration delivers its message - the importance of preventative health care - and is delivered by a pleasant female voice-over. The fact that this documentary is not polished, (yet very smooth), adds to the humanness of it.

I was very moved by "Alaska Lifeboat" and thought about the film long after I viewed it. I'm motivated now to learn more about Herbert Morgan and his other works.


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