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Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family  |  23 June 1939 (USA)
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Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Monty - Inspector Angus Montague
Margaret Lockwood ...
Vicky Standing
Martin Good Rider ...
Little Chief
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Pat O'Hannegan
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Chief Big Eagle (as Maurice Moscovich)
Moroni Olsen ...
Supt. Andrew Standing
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Wolf Pelt
Lester Matthews ...
Harlan Chambers
Leyland Hodgson ...
Randall
Herbert Evans ...
Doctor
Jack Luden ...
Williams
Charles Irwin ...
Sergeant MacGregor
John Sutton ...
Corporal Piggott
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Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from the stake only by Shirley's intervention with the Indian chief. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Flaming arrows! Cracking rifles!

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23 June 1939 (USA)  »

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Susannah  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The Indians used in this picture are from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Angus 'Monty' Montague: Pat, you old pirate! Why didn't you tell me to change uniforms? Why, she's a beauty!
Pat O'Hannegan: Tell you? I did tell you!
Inspector Angus 'Monty' Montague: You didn't tell me anything of the kind! That's just the kind of thing you should tell me! When did she get here? You didn't even tell me she was young!
Pat O'Hannegan: Two days ago.
Inspector Angus 'Monty' Montague: And I had to be out on patrol. Why, she's beautiful. She's pretty as a picture! You didn't even tell me she had blue eyes! And deep blues eyes at that!
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In the Gloaming
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Lyrics by Meta Orred
Sung a cappella by soldiers in Supt. Standing's home
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Maybe not 100% politically correct but quite enjoyable...plus you get to see Shirley Temple smoke!
18 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Susannah of the Mounties" begins with a group of Canadian Mounted Police (the 'Mounties') coming upon some wagons that were attacked by the Natives. All the settlers, aside from a child (Shirley Temple as the title character), have been killed and the girl is taken back to the fort to live. She is taken in by a handsome young officer (Randolph Scott) and she soon adjusts to camp life.

Because of this and other attacks, the leader of the Mounties calls a meeting with the local Chief. The two swear to end the violence and as a sign of his integrity, the Chief sends his young son to live with the white folks. Soon, he and Susannah are at odds with each other. BUT, because she is so gosh-darn spunky and sweet, soon she and the boy become best friends. However, a small group of evil renegade natives are bent on stoking the fires of war. Can resourceful little Susannah bring everyone together? Considering how many times she hit the peace pipe with her new friend, it's a good bet she can.

The film gets some credit for having a tribe of actual Indians play the natives....with a few obvious exceptions. The chief and the leader of the renegades are BOTH played by white guys painted up to look like natives. Why did Hollywood always insist in this era in giving all the major roles for most every ethnic group to white folks?! This is especially silly with the chief-- a guy by the name of Maurice Moscovitch! However, Shirley's acting is great (as usual) and the film is never boring. Overall, a pretty good family film--even if it isn't 100% politically correct!


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