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Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 23 June 1939 (USA)
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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Monty - Inspector Angus Montague
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Vicky Standing
Martin Good Rider ...
Little Chief
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Pat O'Hannegan
Maurice Moscovitch ...
Chief Big Eagle (as Maurice Moscovich)
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Supt. Andrew Standing
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Wolf Pelt
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Harlan Chambers
Leyland Hodgson ...
Randall
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Doctor
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Williams
Charles Irwin ...
Sergeant MacGregor
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Randolph Scott previously co-starred with Shirley Temple in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm See more »

Goofs

During the Indian raid on the Mountie fort, the Blackfeet led by Wolf Pelt enter the compound by unbarring the wooden crossbar on the outside of the door. The crossbar should have been on the inside. See more »

Quotes

Susannah Sheldon: What are you making?
Pat O'Hannegan: Never you mind, now. Curiosity killed a cat, you know.
Susannah Sheldon: You shouldn't be sewing. That's a woman's work.
Pat O'Hannegan: Not in the army, doll. That's where I learned it.
Susannah Sheldon: You men on the force should have wives to do things for you.
Pat O'Hannegan: I pity the poor girl that would marry a man in this outfit.
Susannah Sheldon: Why?
Pat O'Hannegan: They're a no-good lot of heartbreakers, they are.
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Soundtracks

I'll Teach You to Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by M.F. Carrey
Played on harmonica by J. Farrell MacDonald and sung by Shirley Temple
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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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