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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.



(original screenplay) (as Ed. Earl Repp)


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Cast overview:
Sergeant Shane Rollins
Dawn MacDonald
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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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Release Date:

29 January 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Technicolor Specials (1937-1938 season) #3: Romance Road  »

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1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #8179-8180. See more »


Angus MacDonald: The railroad will go through with our bones for ballast.
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Edited into Musical Movieland (1944) See more »


Song of the Mounted Police
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played during the opening credits and occsionally in the score
Sung by a chorus during the opening scene and the wedding scene
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Weak Short
8 September 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Romance Road (1938)

** (out of 4)

Weak romance about a RCMP sergeant who finds himself in the middle of a land rights battle between trappers and a railroad crew. The two sides are battling over what the land is for while the officer has this on his mind as well as a relationship with one of the locals. If it wasn't for one item this short would have been a complete disaster because there's really nothing good here. The story is about as simple as one could be and nothing special is done with it. The acting is below par to say the least and the relationship between Walter Cassel and Anne Nagel never rings true. Another major problem are the two songs that we get to hear because neither one is catchy and I'd say both should have been tossed out to save us from the 19-minute running time. What makes this film worth viewing is the 3-strip Technicolor. This color process wasn't widely used in 1938 so you can almost overlook all the flaws here because it's obvious everyone involved was more interested in making the picture look pretty and not overly worried about anything else. Fans of the 3-strip process will want to check this short out but others should stay clear.

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