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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
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Jacques Corbeau
Lynne Overman ...
Tod McDuff
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Dan Duroc
Walter Hampden ...
Big Bear
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Inspector Cabot
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Louis Riel
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Johnny Pelang
Willard Robertson ...
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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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Gatling Guns really were used at Fish Creek, Cutknife Hill and Batoche during the rebellion on which this story is very loosely based. But the federal government were trying them out "on approval". One gun's operator was a Gatling company agent, and also a captain of the Connecticut National Guard. 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 »

Quotes

April Logan: Texas must be heaven.
Dusty Rivers: It will be when you get there.
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DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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The story of the Duck Lake Massacre, adding a Texas fictional cowboy.
30 December 2000 | by (Poplar Hill, Ontario) – See all my reviews

You first have to understand that DeMille has taken considerable poetic licence, while using the story of the return of Louis Riel to Canada, and the subsequent Duck Lake massacre of a large unit of Mounties. Even the pronunciation by DeMille of the word "Metis" at the introduction to the movie is quite incorrect.

Fun to watch the fictional introduction of Gary Cooper as a Texas marshal travelling into Canada in pursuit of a Metis criminal.

Some good aspects of the film include the historical accuracy of the uniforms at that time... no wide brimmed hats... and the correctness of the name of the Mounties at that time. The only item of historical inaccuracy is the fur hats that DeMille has the Mounties wear. During the warmer weather they wore either a pill box hat or a white helmet. They did wear fur hats during the winter with their Buffalo hide coats, but DeMille did not like the design of any of the head wear that was part of the actual uniform, so he had this design made for the picture.

The two key bad guys are historical fact, although whether they acted as they are shown in the movie is another question. Whether there was a gatling gun at the Duck Lake massacre is another question the historians will have to answer.

Generally, a good romp... a great movie to sit back and watch with popcorn and a soft drink.


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