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Northern Pursuit (1943)

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A Canadian Mountie of German descent feigns disaffection with his homeland in hopes of infiltrating and thwarting a Nazi sabotage plot.

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Col. Hugo von Keller
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Jim Austin
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Ernst
Tom Tully ...
Inspector Barnett
Bernard Nedell ...
Tom Dagor
Warren Douglas ...
Sergeant (scenes deleted)
Monte Blue ...
Jean
Alec Craig ...
Angus McBain
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Storyline

Canadian Mountie Steve Wagner captures a German Luftwaffe officer on a spy mission, who later escapes from the prison camp. To catch the spy ring, the Mounties employ a ruse so that the spies, believing Steve to be sympathetic, enlist him in their plans. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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A woman's lips set the frozen north aflame.


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13 November 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Du sang sur la neige  »

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Errol Flynn was criticized for playing heroes in World War II movies. Tony Thomas in his book "Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was" states that Flynn had tried to enlist in every branch of any armed services he could but was rejected as unfit for service on the grounds of his health. Flynn had a heart condition, tuberculosis, malaria and a back problem. Flynn felt he could contribute to America's war effort by appearing in such films as Edge of Darkness (1943), Northern Pursuit (1943), Dive Bomber (1941), Objective, Burma! (1945) and Uncertain Glory (1944). Reportedly, Flynn was at his most professional and co-operative ever was while working on World War II movies. The studios apparently did not diffuse the criticism of the state of Flynn's health, as they wished to keep it quiet for fear that it would damage his box-office draw. See more »

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The final exterior shot of the Nazis' plane before it crashes shows it just a few feet from the ground, falling at high speed. But the next shot of Von Keller, cringing in fear in the cockpit, last several seconds -- far too long for the plane to remain in the air, as it would have hit the ground in barely a second from where it was last shown. See more »

Quotes

Ernst: You know you can trust me.
Colonel Hugo von Keller: I trust no one!
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The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
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Canadian Mountie to the rescue
9 May 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Raoul Walsh, the director of "Northern Pursuit", was a man with impressive credentials during his days in Hollywood. Unfortunately, this film, which kept reminding this viewer of Michael Powell's "49th Parallel", has its moments and will reward the viewer that sticks with it, in some ways.

The plot was typical of the films turned by the big studios during the days of WWII. Although the propaganda in "Northern Pursuit" doesn't strike the viewer as too obvious, it's there all along. The idea of a Royal Mountie, in this case, the dashing Errol Flynn, going after the bad guys have all the elements for a good adventure.

The screen play is ultimately the downfall of the film, although there are hints of greatness, especially on the last part of the film which involves a daring attempt from the head Nazi infiltrator to fly an aircraft with a bomb on board. The locations appear to be real, but we can see the scenes shot in the studio.

Errol Flynn does his job well. Helmut Dantine, playing Keller, the Nazi bad guy, is even better. Gene Lockhart has a pivotal role in the film. Julie Bishop is Errol Flynn's love interest, although there's no obvious chemistry between them.

Raoul Walsh's fans will probably enjoy this film a lot more than the casual viewer.


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