Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Heart of the Yukon was one of director W.S. Van Dyke's last independent films before he began his lengthy association with MGM. Filmed on location near Tacoma, Washington, the story is set during the Alaska Gold Rush. Plain-looking Anita Wayne (Anne Cornwall) wanders into a rowdy boomtown in search of her prospector father. Hoping to get his mitts on a gold mine that Anita has inherited, raffish saloon owner Cash Gynon (Russell Simpson) pretends to be her daddy. But hero Jim Winston (John Bowers) saves Anita from Cash's clutches, just in time for the ugly-duckling heroine to emerge as a gorgeous swan. As an added fillip, Anita is reunited with her father -- reformed town drunk "Old Skin Full" (Frank Campeau).
damsel-in-distress, gold, impersonation, inheritance, mine, prospector, rescue, ugly-duckling