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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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(as Joe Newman)

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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FOR ROUGH-AND-READY ROMANCE RIDE WITH THE NORTHWEST RANGERS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

1 December 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gambler's Choice  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An ending similar to Manhattan Melodrama (1934) (the film on which this movie was based) was written and filmed, but was discarded before the first press preview. It consisted of trial and execution sequences, and casting lists had actors with their character names as follows: George M. Carleton (Bailiff), Howard C. Hickman (Judge), Emmett Vogan (Jury Foreman), James Millican (Warden), Russell Hicks (High Commissioner), William Tannen (Guard), Roy Barcroft (Guard), Herbert Heyes (Guard), Patrick McVey (Guard), Leigh Sterling (Guard), Hooper Atchley (Juror), Howard M. Mitchell (Juror), Dick Rush (Juror) and Murdock MacQuarrie (Juror). 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 »

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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in the Topaz
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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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