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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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
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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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was Cecil B. DeMille's first technicolor film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

April Logan: Texas must be heaven.
Dusty Rivers: It will be when you get there.
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Connections

Referenced in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »

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DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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Written by Frank Loesser, Victor Young
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A good old-fashioned, entertaining film.
11 September 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I happened to see this last Sunday afternoon on the T.V. At first the film looked dated but the costumes and general appearance of the people in it convincingly portrayed people of that era (something that doesn't happen as often as it should in "Westerns"); it soon became apparent that things were being done rather well and by the time the credits came along and I saw the name of Cecil B DeMille I knew why.

This is an entertaining, undemanding film. There is a great deal to enjoy if one puts aside ones modern sophistication. I particularly enjoyed the way the mounties were portrayed as a dedicated and disciplined police force, loyal to the Crown and doing a worthwhile job in very difficult circumstances. Gary Cooper's Texas Ranger helped to highlight the qualities of the Mounties and provided interest and excitement.

Crowd scenes and action scenes are well done. The stunt towards the end involving Gary Cooper's character tumbling from his falling horse is breathtaking and the quick cut to a back projection immediately after is very effective; it is a scene that can match anything in today's films. Characters have interesting scenes and the humour is dealt with a sure touch. The film has all the signs of a good director.

I didn't expect to enjoy this film, but I did and I look forward to finding more from the same period.


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