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Murder on the Yukon (1940)

Two Mounties find the body of a man who has just been murdered. They follow the trail to a cabin, where they are attacked by the murderer's gang.


(as Louis Gasnier)


(screenplay), (story "Renfrew Rides North")




Cast overview:
Joan Manning
Bill Smithers
George Weathers (as Wm. Royal)
Manti - Henchman
Karl Hackett ...
Hawks (as Carl Hackett)
Replaced (credit only)
Tom - Henchman (as Kenneth Duncan)
Earl Douglas ...
Steve - Henchman
Jim Smithers (as Bud Buster)


Unknown to Joan Manning, her trading post partner Weathers is operating a counterfeiting ring. When miner Jim Smithers brings his gold dust in, Weathers pays him off in counterfeit money. Jim's drunken brother, Bill, comes to the post and Weathers hears him say that Jim is leaving the area for good. Weathers sends Hawks to kill Jim and retrieve the bogus money. RCMP Sergeant Renfrew and Constable Kelly find Jim's body, and Renfrew hurries for Jim's cabin to search it. He is attacked by Weathers' men who have found the money. Renfrew is suspicious when Bill Smithers body is found, supposedly a suicide, with a note he had burned the money. This leads the Mounties to suspect counterfeiting. Kelly follows Manti, an Indian who works for Weathers, to the gang's hideout and is captured. But Renfrew is trailing Kelly. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He stakes his life on his two fists...as he invades the kingdom of killers! See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Riders of the Yukon  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Re-titled, and edited down to less than 30 minutes, it was sold to television in the early 1950s as part of a syndicated half-hour adventure show, with newly filmed scenes to bridge the gaps in the story.. See more »


Follows Yukon Flight (1940) See more »


Ah, Here's Romance
Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
Sung by James Newill
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Good entry in the Renfrew of the Mounties series
5 July 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

"Probe the wound Constable Kelly"

While on a semi-vacation looking for the source of counterfeit money Renfrew and Kelly discover the body of a miner in a beached canoe. The murderer had set the canoe adrift hoping that it would go over the falls hiding his misdeed, however circumstance conspired against him and soon he, and his ring of counterfeiters have to deal with the mounties looking into the murder.

This is a good solid movie. Granted it isn't much of a mystery since you know who the bad guys are from the outset, but it doesn't really matter much because the point of these films is the action and the smart mouth exchanges between Renfrew and Kelly. These are two friends who pick on each other mercilessly and there verbal sparring is always very witty and several shades cleverer than most dialog you find in these programmers. I've seen about half of the Renfrew movies now and it amazes me at how much the two genuinely seem to like and care for each other, even when they are cutting each other down. Its very real.

The films action is very good with several nice fights and couple of chases. Say what you will about the series the fact that the movies take place primarily outdoors in settings you haven't seen a thousand times before is another plus. The lack of studio settings adds a nice edge to the film and makes it seem less by the numbers.

Yes, there are songs but they are not intrusive and are over almost before they start. They are also used as a way for Renfrew to pick on Kelly.

Over all this is a good solid entry in the series and definitely worth checking out if you run across it.

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