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North West Mounted Police (1940)

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.



(original screen play) (as Alan Lemay), (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
April Logan
Louvette Corbeau
Sergeant Jim Brett
Ronnie Logan
Jacques Corbeau
Tod McDuff
Dan Duroc
Walter Hampden ...
Big Bear
Inspector Cabot
Louis Riel
Johnny Pelang
Supt. Harrington
Constable Jerry Moore


Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.) Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The roaring magnificence of "Union Pacific" . . . the pulse-pounding action of "The Plainsman" . . . two surging love stories woven into an unforgettable drama of human emotions . . . told against the blazing beauty of the northern forests . . . filmed in SUPER TECHNICOLOR !


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Release Date:

22 October 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Royal Canadian Mounted  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Due to budget restrictions, the movie was filmed at sound stages at the Paramount lot as well as on location in Oregon and California, even though the film was based on a real life incident in Saskatchewan, Canada. See more »


Throughout the movie the name "Metis" is pronounced "Mee-tiss." It is actually pronounced "May-tee". See more »


[Louvette betrays Ronnie to the rebels]
Ronnie Logan: You crawling black scum! You sneaking she-wolf! You dirty squaw! I'll kill you when I get loose!
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Referenced in Mes Petites Amoureuses (1974) See more »


Written by Frank Loesser, Victor Young
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De Mille's first Technicolor-epic
12 April 2007 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

The master of spectacle doesn't let us down in that regard with his first movie shot in Technicolor.The action sequences are as exciting as in other De Mille spectacles but the hammy acting,the ridiculous dialog and slow pacing makes this a below par movie for De Mille. Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll look embarrassed throughout speaking those silly lines.Preston Foster as the third party of the love triangle has one of his more substantial parts in his career.But it is fun to watch Paulette Goddard's hilarious overacting.As her villainous father George Bancroft isn't far behind in that department.The best acting are provided by the two veterans Akim Tamiroff and Lynne Overman who provide some comic relief.The movie is beautiful to look at in bright colors and passes the afternoon quite painlessly.

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