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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.

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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
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Jacques Corbeau
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Tod McDuff
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Dan Duroc
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Big Bear
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Shorty
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Inspector Cabot
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Louis Riel
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Johnny Pelang
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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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22 October 1940 (USA)  »

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The Royal Canadian Mounted  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Just before heading out to find Corbeau, Rivers helps April up onto her wagon. A few minutes later we see her climb up again, on her own. See more »

Quotes

Dusty Rivers: You know, I-I kinda gotta feelin' that I could make things easier for ya if you'd let me.
April Logan: You're a grand person, Dusty, but there ain't anything anyone can do for me.
Dusty Rivers: Sure there is. Come to Texas with me. You're the loveliest and gentlest lady I've ever known.
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Referenced in Sullivan's Travels (1941) See more »

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DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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DeMille's Tribute to the Royal Mounties
13 November 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Cecil B. DeMille, once again, brings a Technicolor epic to the screen. This time it concerns the Royal Canadian Mounties (Red Coats) a Texas Ranger, in search of a criminal dealing with the Indians in frontier Canada, during the eighteen-eighties, by selling them guns, and the half-breeds that are being controlled by the Mounties.

Along the way the Texas Ranger(Gary Cooper)falls for a pretty Army nurse (Madelaine Carroll) who is also courted by a Mountie Officer (Preston Foster). The nurse's brother, also a Mountie (Robert Preston) is under the spell of a beautiful half-breed (Paulette Goddard) who's father is the criminal (George Bancroft) that is being sought.

As in DeMille plots, the hero saves the day, but not without a sacrifice of some of the supporting players. Won't tell you who. See the picture.

Coop and Carroll do a wonderful job, taking some pretty silly lines, even for the forties, and making them work. Both look their best at the peaks of their careers. Preston and Foster (Robert and Preston, that is) do admirable jobs. Robert Preston looking very young with a full head of blonde curly hair. Playing the tempestuous half-breed, Paulette Goddard got a big break in her career with this role. It is said she wanted the part so bad, she donned herself in dark skin make-up, put on an Indian get-up with feathers and walked into DeMille's office saying, "You teenk you wan beeg director, hah? Me, Louvette, show you!" She got the part and played it to the hilt with her dark skin and beautiful blue eyes, beating out Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth also up for the role. Goddard went on to play in two more DeMille pictures, REAP THE WILD WIND and UNCONQUERED, this time performing leading roles.

There is an excellent supporting cast of character actors, namely; Lynne Overman, Akim Tamiroff, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney, Jr, Robert Ryan and Rod Cameron who went on to star in Republic Pictures westerns.

POLICE is not yet on video, although most other DeMille films are, but it can be seen once in a while on AMC Classic Movies on TV.

Great DeMille entertainment.


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