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Northwest Rangers (1942)

Passed  -  Drama | History | Western  -  1 December 1942 (USA)
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Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

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Complete credited cast:
James Craig ...
Frank 'Blackie' Marshall
William Lundigan ...
James Kevin Gardiner
Patricia Dane ...
Jean Avery
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Martin Caswell
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Duncan Frazier
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'Slip' O'Mara
Grant Withers ...
Fowler
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'Blackie' as a Boy
Drew Roddy ...
Jim as a Boy
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Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

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DANCE HALL GIRLS! GAMBLERS! GUN-BLAZING ACTION! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | Western

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1 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Gambler's Choice  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The film was one of several late 1942 MGM films which were backlogged and may not have been released nationally until 1943, although many press previews and reviews appeared in October 1942. See more »

Quotes

'Slip' O'Mara: [Slip shows the gamblers their roulette wheel has been rigged] Caswell's been pickin' you all as cleaner than an Armenian can pick a fried hen!
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Remake of Manhattan Melodrama (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

That Good for Nothin' Man of Mine
(1942)
Music and lyrics by Earl K. Brent and Ralph Freed
Played by the band in the Topaz and sung by Patricia Dane (uncredited)
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Clark Gable manqué
22 December 2004 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This B movie remake of MANHATTAN MELODRAMA set in the Yukon was the one of the salvos that MGM fired in its attempt to use James Craig as a replacement for Gable while the King of Hollywood was at war. Craig is pretty good at the Gable role and there is a pretty good supporting cast, including Keenan Wynn, Jack Holt and particularly John Carradine as a crooked gambler.

The problem is that Patricia Dane in the female lead is pretty stiff trying to play her role like Myrna Loy and William Lundigan, although competent, brings not a hint of the sparkle that William Powell did to his performance. Nor does director Joseph Newman take advantage of the nominally outdoor nature of the big finale. Everyone moves as if they are on a sound stage and the ending is abrupt. Perhaps it comes down to the fact that Newman did not serve the material as well as might be hoped.


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