Klondike Kate ★★½

Ann Savage and Tom Neal, later to star together in the classic 1945 crime noir DETOUR, play the leads in this minor Columbia adventure. Savage plays a character based on Kathleen Rockwell, a singer and dancer who entertained miners during the Klondike gold rush of the turn of the 20th century. The second film directed by William Castle, best known for his forays into horror in the 1950s and 1960s, KLONDIKE KATE is set in Totem Pole, Alaska, where Kate spars with local sharpie Braddock (Neal) over ownership of her late father’s hotel, to which Kate holds the deed. Of course they spar before falling in love, allowing Savage the opportunity to sing a few songs and Sheldon Leonard (GUYS AND DOLLS) as a neighboring hotel owner to fume at Braddock’s stealing his prime showgirls. Amiable mixture of musical and western cliches with a game cast grinning it up on stock Columbia sets.