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Writers:
John C. Higgins (screenplay)
Garnett Weston (story)
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Release Date:
19 December 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Before the covered wagons...Before the charging cavalry...Rode the NORTHWEST MOUNTIE See more »
Plot:
In 1876, Duncan MacDonald joins the new, 300-member Mounted Police in western Canada, just in time for a dangerous mission... See more » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A Nice Entertaining Western See more (9 total) »

Cast

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Tyrone Power ... Constable Duncan MacDonald

Cameron Mitchell ... Konah

Thomas Gomez ... Natayo Smith

Penny Edwards ... Emerald Neeley

Robert Horton ... Jess Calhoun
Anthony Numkena ... Comes Running (as Anthony Earl Numkena)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ... White Moon (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Howard Petrie ... Insp. Frazer
Stuart Randall ... Standing Bear
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Boone ... (uncredited)
Chief Bright Fire ... Indian (uncredited)

Frank DeKova ... Custin (uncredited)
Grady Galloway ... Shemawgun (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Tim Neeley (uncredited)
Muriel Landers ... Small Face, wife of Natayo (uncredited)
Carlos Loya ... Katatatsi (uncredited)

Michael Rennie ... Ending Narrator (uncredited)
Richard Shackleton ... Byran Neeley (uncredited)
Shooting Star ... Crier (uncredited)
Nipo T. Strongheart ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Richard Thunder-Sky ... Indian (uncredited)
John War Eagle ... Indian (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph M. Newman 
 
Writing credits
John C. Higgins (screenplay)

Garnett Weston (story)

Produced by
Samuel G. Engel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alex North 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Jackson 
 
Film Editing by
John W. McCafferty 
 
Art Direction by
Chester Gore 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Fred J. Rode 
 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
George Lane .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Harry Maret .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ernie Parks .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director (uncredited)
Jack Sonntag .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don Bechetti .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Stubbs .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Eugene Grossman .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Frank McGrath .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Mitchell .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
 
Other crew
Leonard Doss .... technicolor color consultant
Nipo T. Strongheart .... technical advisor (as Chief Nipo T. Strongheart)
Frank Barton .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Bruce Carruthers .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Elmer Cassiday .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Al Leman .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Luther O'Brien .... technical consultant (uncredited)
Murray Steckler .... stand-in: Tyrone Power (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
82 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Fans of composer Alex North may recognize some themes in "Pony Soldier" that were later used in "Spartacus" and "Cleopatra".See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): It is stated in the beginning that Duncan MacDonald speaks Cree, but then his adopted Indian son has a conversation with the captive white woman and they both understand one another! He didn't speak English and she didn't speak Cree.See more »

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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A Nice Entertaining Western, 13 August 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

I'm not sure, but has there ever been a film made with a less than sympathetic treatment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police? The Mounties have done very well cinema wise and Pony Soldier is not setting any new patterns.

It doesn't have to because it's a very entertaining film. The plot has a lot of similarities to Broken Arrow which 20th Century Fox also produced. Tyrone Power is playing Constable Duncan MacDonald, newly arrived at Fort Walsh and sent out on a mission to negotiate a peace with Cree Indians who've left their reserve and tangled with U.S. Cavalry south of the border. On the way back they've taken two white prisoners in a raid and Power is looking to get them back. One is Penny Edwards who catches the eye of Cameron Mitchell and he decides she'd make a good squaw for his little brother. The other is Robert Horton who's an escaped outlaw.

So intrepid Mountie Power along with his Indian guide Thomas Gomez go to the camp of the Crees. Gomez is a most reluctant guide, in fact he's kind of blackmailed into making the journey. Thomas Gomez is an underrated and capable actor who deadpans some very funny lines.

Two others in the cast really make this work. Little Anthony Numkena plays the Cree Indian boy who Power adopts and that turns out to be a great negotiating technique. But their affection is genuine and the scenes between Power and Numkena are some of the best in the film.

Stuart Randall plays the Cree Chief Standing Bear. His portrayal is very similar to Jeff Chandler's more heralded portrayal of Cochise in Broken Arrow. In fact the Indians are not stereotyped, they are three dimensional characters here. Randall does a fine job as Standing Bear, negotiating with Power and having to contend with militants in his own camp led by Cameron Mitchell. Since Jeff Chandler had already broken the same ground with Cochise, Randall's performance has been overlooked, unfortunately so for him.

Tyrone Power is a whole cloth hero here and does a fine job. One of the things that Americans don't appreciate is that the Mounties were there in large measure to protect the native Indians from white depredation. Canadians have always loved contrasting that to how the U.S. Cavalry treated the native population. Our cavalry was there on the settler's behalf. The contrast is certainly a matter of historical record, but I wonder if Canada had seen the immigration westward that America did, would their Mounties have been more like our blue coats.

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