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Hudson's Bay (1941)

Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

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Irving Pichel

Writer:

Lamar Trotti
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Pierre Esprit Radisson
Gene Tierney ... Barbara Hall
Laird Cregar ... Gooseberry
John Sutton ... Lord Edward Crewe
Virginia Field ... Nell Gwyn
Vincent Price ... King Charles II
Nigel Bruce ... Prince Rupert
Morton Lowry ... Gerald Hall
Robert Greig ... Sir Robert
Chief Thundercloud ... Orimha
Frederick Worlock ... English Governor
Florence Bates ... Duchess (scenes deleted)
Montagu Love ... Governor D'Argenson
Ian Wolfe ... Mayor
Chief John Big Tree ... Chief
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Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

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Adventure | History

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hudson's Bay Company See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Gooseberry: You know, just one thing still very funny. You remember in Albany, its governor he say we are rogues? In Quebec, this French governor he say we are rogues. And now this King Sherwood, very smart fellow, he say the same thing.
Pierre Esprit Radisson: Oui?
Gooseberry: Do... Maybe he's right. Maybe we are rogues.
Pierre Esprit Radisson: Certainement. You never knew this before?
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Now, Which One is Paul Muni?
23 August 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

He's the goofy Quebecois trapper speaking with an accent, that's who. With World War Two raging in Europe, Great Britain was trying to make sure that the French-speaking Quebecois didn't decide to throw another revolution, which is why Laurence Olivier played one in 49TH PARALLEL. Nothing loath, Warner Brothers, not quite knowing how to deal with its acknowledged Great Actor, Paul Muni, who liked nothing better than to disappear into a bushy beard and an accent, cut a deal with Zanuck at Fox for him to appear in this film, in which he appears in a short beard. Which made him very hard to offer as a star and he would make one more war-based picture next year, playing a clean-shaven Norwegian, before disappearing from the screen for a few years. What the heck: George Tobias was cheaper for all-purpose ethnics.

Anyway, this is a pretty amusing picture, if you don't take any of it seriously. The cinematography, co-credited to George Barnes, is very handsome. Muni plays the role for laughs, the roles are filled out with leading character actors and the soundtrack skips between 'Aupres de ma Blonde' and 'Oh, Canada.' Good enough.


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