Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Break Up is a documentary-travelogue concentrating on the scenic wonders of Alaska. Glimpsed throughout the film's 53 minutes are spectacular views of the Yukon, the Bering Sea, and a variety of mountain ranges, including the legendary Valley of 10,000 Smokes. Much of the material had been seen before, but some of it was brand-new, notably the scenes of an Eskimo tribe and the remarkable glimpses of the still-smoldering residue of the 1912 Mt. Katkal earthquake. The shots of a glacier breakup, together with scenes of spawning salmon, later showed up in toto in a 1940s commercial documentary about the Alaskan fish-canning business. The creative spirit behind The Break Up was Capt. Jack Robertson, who also appears on-camera in an opening monologue.