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Ice Palace (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 2 January 1960 (USA)
After WW1, Zeb and Thor start a cannery business in Alaska but eventually they drift apart with Zeb becoming unscrupulous and Thor becoming involved in Alaskan politics.


Vincent Sherman


Edna Ferber (novel), Harry Kleiner (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Richard Burton ... Zeb Kennedy
Robert Ryan ... Thor Storm
Martha Hyer ... Dorothy Wendt Kennedy
Jim Backus ... Dave Husack
Carolyn Jones ... Bridie Ballantyne
Ray Danton ... Bay Husack
Diane McBain ... Christine Storm
Karl Swenson ... Scotty Ballantyne
Shirley Knight ... Grace Kennedy, Age 16
Barry Kelley ... Einer Wendt
Sheridan Comerate ... Ross Guildenstern
George Takei ... Wang
Steve Harris Steve Harris ... Christopher Storm - age 16


At the end of World War I, Zeb Kennedy, a canner, and Thor Storm, a fishing boat captain, set up a fish cannery in Alaska and through the years find themselves on opposite sides of Alaska's bid for statehood. Zeb is determined to let nothing and no one stop him from building his business and gaining great wealth. At first Zeb and Thor's girlfriend, Birdie, are only good friends. But even though Zeb and Birdie fall in love, Zeb remains devoted to his greater love: money. Zeb goes off to Seattle to find money for his business. There he marries Dorothy, the heir to his former employer. When Dorothy and Thor find out that Zeb and Birdie are secret lovers, Thor attacks Zeb, knocking him out. His friendship with Zeb ended, Thor heads off into the Alaskan wilderness, where he is rescued by an Eskimo family. There, Thor begins to work for Alaskan statehood, while Zeb works to advance himself through his business. Written by alfiehitchie

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Filming began in August of 1959, with background footage shot at Mendenhall Glacier, ten days spent at Juneau and Petersberg on Mitkof Island, and three days of filming at Fairbanks. There was so little snow that the unit was forced to recreate many of the blizzard scenes back at the Warner studios in Burbank, which ultimately lent the film a highly artificial, studio-bound look upon which critics pounced. See more »


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Music by Al Jolson
Played at the party when Thor and Bridie are dancing
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Great Movie
2 November 2006 | by lairdjsSee all my reviews

This is one of the great movies ever made. I really would love to own it on DVD. I have it on VHS, but the color is fading. Do you know when it will come out on DVD. I recommend this movie to all ages.Anyone who is interested in the history and stories of Alaska will enjoy the story. The actors are Robert Ryan, who is great, Richard Burton, who is always very good, and Carolyn Jones and Marther Hyer who portray their parts perfectly. You are in for a real treat, so grab your popcorn, something to drink, set back and enjoy a great movie, full of entertainment and good acting. To bad that Hollywood does not put out this kind of movies anymore. An era has pasted and that is too bad.

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Release Date:

2 January 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperio de titanes See more »

Filming Locations:

Juneau, Alaska, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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