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The working titles of this film were Go North and The Alaskans. In addition to his cast credit, Fabian is given a separate onscreen credit for singing the song "If You Knew." Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the film: A February 1959 item announced that Richard Fleischer was to direct. In May 1959, the production was postponed indefinitely because of conflict with John Wayne's filming of The Alamo. At that time, Martin Rackin and Lee Mahin were to co-produce. In January 1960, Gary Crosby, who was to portray "Billy," abruptly left the production, claiming that the role of a 17-year-old boy was too young for him. At the time, Mahin and Rackin also left to produce for NBC television.
Although a July 1960 Hollywood Reporter production chart included Martin Braddock in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. North of Alaska marked the final feature film appearance of character actress Esther Dale (1885-1961). According to a July 1960 news item, location filming was done at Big Bear Lake, CA. Studio publicity material contained in the film's production file at the AMPAS Library added that the U.S. missile base at Port Magu, CA served as the Nome waterfront, and that additional location filming was done at Lone Pine and Mammoth, CA.