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North West Mounted Police (1940)

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Alan Le May (original screen play) (as Alan Lemay), Jesse Lasky Jr. (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Dusty Rivers
Madeleine Carroll ... April Logan
Paulette Goddard ... Louvette Corbeau
Preston Foster ... Sergeant Jim Brett
Robert Preston ... Ronnie Logan
George Bancroft ... Jacques Corbeau
Lynne Overman ... Tod McDuff
Akim Tamiroff ... Dan Duroc
Walter Hampden ... Big Bear
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Shorty
Montagu Love ... Inspector Cabot
Francis McDonald ... Louis Riel
George E. Stone ... Johnny Pelang
Willard Robertson ... Supt. Harrington
Regis Toomey ... Constable Jerry Moore
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Storyline

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.) Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The roaring magnificence of "Union Pacific" . . . the pulse-pounding action of "The Plainsman" . . . two surging love stories woven into an unforgettable drama of human emotions . . . told against the blazing beauty of the northern forests . . . filmed in SUPER TECHNICOLOR !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Riders See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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Goofs

Throughout the movie the name "Metis" is pronounced "Mee-tiss." It is actually pronounced "May-tee". See more »

Quotes

Louis Riel: Blood will run like water.
Jacques Corbeau: You won't notice it much. The mounted police wear red coats.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 6 secs with edits to cruel horsefalls. See more »

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DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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DeMille's Tribute to the Royal Mounties
13 November 1999 | by guil12See all my reviews

Cecil B. DeMille, once again, brings a Technicolor epic to the screen. This time it concerns the Royal Canadian Mounties (Red Coats) a Texas Ranger, in search of a criminal dealing with the Indians in frontier Canada, during the eighteen-eighties, by selling them guns, and the half-breeds that are being controlled by the Mounties.

Along the way the Texas Ranger(Gary Cooper)falls for a pretty Army nurse (Madelaine Carroll) who is also courted by a Mountie Officer (Preston Foster). The nurse's brother, also a Mountie (Robert Preston) is under the spell of a beautiful half-breed (Paulette Goddard) who's father is the criminal (George Bancroft) that is being sought.

As in DeMille plots, the hero saves the day, but not without a sacrifice of some of the supporting players. Won't tell you who. See the picture.

Coop and Carroll do a wonderful job, taking some pretty silly lines, even for the forties, and making them work. Both look their best at the peaks of their careers. Preston and Foster (Robert and Preston, that is) do admirable jobs. Robert Preston looking very young with a full head of blonde curly hair. Playing the tempestuous half-breed, Paulette Goddard got a big break in her career with this role. It is said she wanted the part so bad, she donned herself in dark skin make-up, put on an Indian get-up with feathers and walked into DeMille's office saying, "You teenk you wan beeg director, hah? Me, Louvette, show you!" She got the part and played it to the hilt with her dark skin and beautiful blue eyes, beating out Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth also up for the role. Goddard went on to play in two more DeMille pictures, REAP THE WILD WIND and UNCONQUERED, this time performing leading roles.

There is an excellent supporting cast of character actors, namely; Lynne Overman, Akim Tamiroff, Walter Hampden, Lon Chaney, Jr, Robert Ryan and Rod Cameron who went on to star in Republic Pictures westerns.

POLICE is not yet on video, although most other DeMille films are, but it can be seen once in a while on AMC Classic Movies on TV.

Great DeMille entertainment.


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