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Riders of the Northland (1942)

Passed | | Action, Music, War | 18 June 1942 (USA)
Texas Rangers Steve Bowie and "Lucky" Laidlaw are assigned, with "Harmony" Bumpus, to investigate possible enemy action in the territory of Alaska. With a short-wave radio, they head for ... See full summary »

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Texas Rangers Steve Bowie and "Lucky" Laidlaw are assigned, with "Harmony" Bumpus, to investigate possible enemy action in the territory of Alaska. With a short-wave radio, they head for the ranch of a murdered Alaskan, Kendall. Neighboring ranchers Matt Taylor and his daughter, Sheila, investigate men they believe to be tramps. The men ride off shooting, and the pursuing Taylor runs across the undercover Rangers, now working for the United States government. Steve convinces Taylor he is the nephew of Kendall. The men on the Kendall ranch were Chris Larsen and his Nazi henchmen. Larsen killed Kendall and, taking orders from an offshore German U-Boat, is attempting to put in a runway for enemy planes. Young Buddy Taylor, Sheila's kid brother, later sees men pouring cement on the Larsen ranch and is shot while trying to escape. Larsen plants the body on the Kendall ranch and Taylor accuses Steve and his friends of shooting the boy. Steve and his pals rally to expose the Nazi ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LONE STAR FIGHTERS HIT THE THRILL TRAIL NORTHWARD...TO AWRD OFF OUR NATION'S MOST RUTHLESS FOE! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »

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After Steve gets knocked down by one of Larsen's henchmen, the outlaw is about to shoot him when Lucky rides in to make the save, but to do it, Lucky shoots the gun out of the bad guy's hand through the slats of a rail fence, a virtual impossibility. See more »

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Silver Sage in the Twilight
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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From Texas to Alaska in Simi Valley
20 October 2014 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Charles Starrett wants to join the army to fight tyranny, but the Feds want him and fellow Texas Rangers Russell Hayden and Cliff Edwards to stop spies from stealing cattle in Alaska and running a German submarine (!) station in this lively, exciting and preposterous wartime Northerner.

All the outdoors scenes were shot on the Iverson Ranch in Simi Valley, which had served for outdoor shots for thirty years at this point -- it's hard to say whether this was a convention of film making or an acknowledgment that the audience for these movies were easily fooled. Shirley Patterson is the romantic interest and Cliff Edwards, best known for voicing Jiminy Cricket, offers a couple of songs and some clowning. The movie is fast and fun and the camera work by Benjamin Kline -- who had started by shooting movies for Tom Mix -- is fine.


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