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Romance Road (1938)

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A RCMP sergeant must mediate a land rights dispute between an advancing railroad construction gang and French Canadian trappers in the rugged Northwest Territory of Canada.



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Cast overview:
Walter Cassel ...
Sergeant Shane Rollins
Anne Nagel ...
Dawn MacDonald
Craig Reynolds ...
Linda Perry ...
Owen King ...
Baptiste LaGrange


Sgt. Shane Rollins is assigned to mediate disputes between an advancing railroad track-laying crew and French Canadian trappers in Northwest Canada. Flood, the railroad boss, is ruthless, uncompromising, and sadistic in his methods and recklessly plans to blow up the trappers' lucky cave where their equipment is stored. In addition, he has callously abandoned pretty Indian maiden Nina after meeting beautiful Dawn MacDonald. When Nina commits suicide, Indian trapper Black Wolf vows vengeance and prevents Flood from dynamiting the cave. Although he and Flood kill each other, Rollins and Dawn, who were in the cave, are saved. After Rollins restores peace between the groups, he and Dawn are married. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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29 January 1938 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Walter Cassel
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Warners take on Rose-Marie
9 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This beautiful 3-strip Technicolor two reeler is a variation on the Friml-Stothart-Harbach-Hammerstein musical dealing with Canadian Mounties. This time around there is conflict between the men building a new railroad and the native French-Canadian trappers. Also in the mix, like Rose-Marie, is an abusive relationship between a white man and a Native American girl. The Mountie is summoned to save the day.

It's not a bad film, but the plot may be a bit much for a two reel short and characters are undeveloped. It's all rather melodramatic. The film is also devoid of humor. The songs, with lyrics by Jack Scholl and music by M. K. Jerome, are serviceable, but are not in the class with Friml melodies. Don't get me wrong. Scholl and Jerome wrote tons of music and lyrics mostly for Warners shorts and "B" pictures. Occasionally, one of their songs found its way into an "A" production, like "Knock on Wood" in "Casablanca" or "Some Sunday Morning" from "San Antonio". They are definitely unsung musical heroes of Hollywood and their work should be re-evaluated.

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