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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
John Ridgely ...
Jim Austin
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Ernst
Tom Tully ...
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Tom Dagor
Warren Douglas ...
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Monte Blue ...
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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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Film debut of John Forsythe. See more »

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The shadow of the German standing and waving in the entrance to the mine shaft near the end is clearly visible on the scenery behind him. See more »

Quotes

Ernst: You know you can trust me.
Colonel Hugo von Keller: I trust no one!
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Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) See more »

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The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played off-screen on piano at the hotel
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The Plane, Errol, The Plane
11 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Northern Pursuit, the brothers Warner tried to adapt the earlier Humphrey Bogart film, Across the Pacific to a story about our neighbors to the north. What I think they were trying for was a repeat of the critical and popular success the British film, the 49th Parallel enjoyed. I'm sure Errol Flynn's name above the title sold a few tickets back in the day, but as for drama Northern Pursuit is one of the more laughable examples of wartime propaganda zeal.

Like in 49th Parallel a group of Nazis get over to Canada, but they're going to the great frozen north instead of away from it. And they nearly all get killed in an landslide, mistakenly called an avalanche in the script. All, but Helmut Dantine.

Errol Flynn finds him and he's a Mountie of German ancestry, a fact that Dantine tries to exploit. Later on when Dantine escapes to try and complete his original mission, Flynn joins him and this is where the plot of the film looks just like Across the Pacific. If you've seen that film, you know exactly what happens here.

If Flynn looks a little disinterested in the whole business, it's probably not just the story that's doing it. Errol was fresh from his acquittal in that rape trial so I'm sure he had other things on his mind.

Seen today, Northern Pursuit is unintentionally funny in many spots, it's one of the low points of Flynn's career at Warner Brothers.


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