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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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Cast

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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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Storyline

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

Gatling Guns really were used at Fish Creek, Cutknife Hill, and Batoche during the rebellion on which this story is very loosely based. The federal government were trying them out "on approval". One gun's operator, a Gatling company agent, was also a captain in the Connecticut National Guard. 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

Louis Riel: Blood will run like water.
Jacques Corbeau: You won't notice it much. The mounted police wear red coats.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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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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