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Emperor of the North Pole

Released 1973
Distributor 20th Century Fox

The ghost of Jack London hovers over Robert Aldrich’s gutsy evocation of depression-era hobo gangs riding the rails and being targeted by sadistic railroad bulls. Keith Carradine’s character name, Cigaret, was the one used by London when he was on the road.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.