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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.


Cecil B. DeMille


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




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


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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A SAGA OF THEIR SACRIFICE AND BRAVERY! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Journal - Midway Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - September 6, 1946 - all caps) See more »


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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation on April 13, 1942. Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, and Preston Foster reprised their film roles. See more »


Just before heading out to find Corbeau, Rivers helps April up onto her wagon. A few minutes later we see her climb up again, on her own. See more »


[Louvette betrays Ronnie to the rebels]
Ronnie Logan: You crawling black scum! You sneaking she-wolf! You dirty squaw! I'll kill you when I get loose!
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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) See more »


Written by Frank Loesser, Victor Young
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The story of the Duck Lake Massacre, adding a Texas fictional cowboy.
30 December 2000 | by stetson9750See all my reviews

You first have to understand that DeMille has taken considerable poetic licence, while using the story of the return of Louis Riel to Canada, and the subsequent Duck Lake massacre of a large unit of Mounties. Even the pronunciation by DeMille of the word "Metis" at the introduction to the movie is quite incorrect.

Fun to watch the fictional introduction of Gary Cooper as a Texas marshal travelling into Canada in pursuit of a Metis criminal.

Some good aspects of the film include the historical accuracy of the uniforms at that time... no wide brimmed hats... and the correctness of the name of the Mounties at that time. The only item of historical inaccuracy is the fur hats that DeMille has the Mounties wear. During the warmer weather they wore either a pill box hat or a white helmet. They did wear fur hats during the winter with their Buffalo hide coats, but DeMille did not like the design of any of the head wear that was part of the actual uniform, so he had this design made for the picture.

The two key bad guys are historical fact, although whether they acted as they are shown in the movie is another question. Whether there was a gatling gun at the Duck Lake massacre is another question the historians will have to answer.

Generally, a good romp... a great movie to sit back and watch with popcorn and a soft drink.

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Release Date:

22 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Riders See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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