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Fangs of the Arctic (1953)

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Canadian Mounties Corporal Rod Webb and Constable Mike Kelly, along with Rod's dog Chinook, are sent to the Blackfoot Crossing country to find the killer of trapper Antonie Dubois, and also... See full summary »

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Chinook (as Chinook the Wonder Dog)
Lorna Hanson ...
Sandra Dubois
Warren Douglas ...
Matt Oliver
Leonard Penn ...
Henchman Morgan
Richard Avonde ...
Henchman Cheval
Robert Sherman ...
RCMP Constable Mike Kelly
John Close ...
Henchman Howell
Phil Tead ...
MacGregor, Trading Post Owner
Roy Gordon ...
Briggs
Kit Carson ...
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Canadian Mounties Corporal Rod Webb and Constable Mike Kelly, along with Rod's dog Chinook, are sent to the Blackfoot Crossing country to find the killer of trapper Antonie Dubois, and also to investigate reports of illegal deals in beaver pelts. Mike, a rookie, is delighted with the assignment as it takes him to his home country where he again sees Sandra Dubois, his childhood sweetheart. Posing as trappers, Rod and Mike meet Matt Oliver, introduced as a mining engineer, at Sandra's home, who is a little irked at the warm welcome Mike receives from Sandra. The undercover Mounties soon get on the trail of Morgan, Howell and Cheval, the illegal beaver trappers. While searching for evidence in the trading post ran by MacGregor, Mike is surprised by Morgan and Cheval and is killed. Rod closes the trail that reveals Oliver as the leader of the gang. Chinook takes care of Oliver, and Rod arrests Morgan and the others. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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So so mountain western
15 August 2014 | by (Birmingham, England) – See all my reviews

Fangs of the Arctic is a Canadian Mountie adventure although you would never guess than from the extremely strange title.

Mounties Kirby Grant and Robert Sherman pose as trappers to try and find the killer of another trapper and stop some illegal poaching at the same time. They are aided by a dog called Chinook who I assume was a sort of second rate Lassie at the time. It's a face paced tale and Kirby Grant makes a good lead. Unfortunately the back up acting is pretty poor and some of the scenes are a bit too amateur.

I imagine from the short running time and low budget that this was made as a B movie so you can't really expect too much. There is a fair bit of violence thrown into the short running time although a couple of the death scenes weren't dealt with well.

Although by no stretch of the imagination a good film it is at least moderately entertaining. For those looking for a bit of nostalgia and a western with a different setting it's worth a look.


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