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North West Mounted Police (1940)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  22 October 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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April Logan
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Louvette Corbeau
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Sergeant Jim Brett
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Ronnie Logan
George Bancroft ...
Jacques Corbeau
Lynne Overman ...
Tod McDuff
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Dan Duroc
Walter Hampden ...
Big Bear
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Shorty
Montagu Love ...
Inspector Cabot
Francis McDonald ...
Louis Riel
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Johnny Pelang
Willard Robertson ...
Supt. Harrington
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Constable Jerry Moore
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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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Joel McCrea was originally cast as Dusty Rivers, the part played by Gary Cooper. See more »

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The NWMP did not wear bearskin hats as seen in the movie. They wore either a red-and-black pillbox type cap, or a large white hat in the style of a London Bobbie. See more »

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Dusty Rivers: I was pinned under a log so tight I was breathin' on the installment plan.
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Lesser-known Coop film: not his best but OK
27 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

NWMP has just had a rare outing on British TV and it's a Gary Cooper film I hadn't seen before. It wasn't bad by 1940s' standards for a Western. The scenic shots at the beginning were a bit garish but then the colour seemed to settle down.

It's worth a look for:

1. Gary Cooper, who's never looked better facially; 2. Paulette Goddard, who looked fantastic; 3. the unusual historical setting; 4. early, albeit minor, appearances of Robert Ryan and Rod Cameron.

The police head-gear apart, some effort had been made to make the uniforms and civilian clothes look authentic.

The tragi-comic "duel" that the Scotsman involved himself did jar a little.

I'm not perceptive enough to read much "sub-text" in films, but I did wonder about the date of issue (1940) and the gallant, laid-back US coming to the aid of the stuffy but devoted-to-duty Brits.

Not for the first time, I had a slight difficulty in distinguishing at first between the two Prestons on the small screen.

I would be happy to watch NWMP again, recording it if necessary, if it's screened again in a year or so.


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