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Northwest Passage (1940)

'Northwest Passage' (Book I -- Rogers' Rangers) (original title)
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Langdon Towne and Hunk Marriner join Major Rogers' Rangers as they wipe out an Indian village. They set out for Fort Wentworth, but when they arrive they find no soldiers and none of the supplies they expected.

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King Vidor, Jack Conway (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Laurence Stallings (screenplay), Talbot Jennings (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Spencer Tracy ... Major Richard Rogers
Robert Young ... Langdon Towne
Walter Brennan ... 'Hunk' Marriner
Ruth Hussey ... Elizabeth Browne
Nat Pendleton ... 'Cap' Huff
Louis Hector Louis Hector ... Reverend Browne
Robert Barrat ... Humphrey Towne
Lumsden Hare ... Lord Amherst
Donald MacBride ... Sergeant McNott
Isabel Jewell ... Jennie Coit
Douglas Walton ... Lieutenant Avery
Addison Richards ... Lieutenant Crofton
Hugh Sothern ... Jesse Beacham
Regis Toomey ... Webster
Montagu Love ... Wiseman Clagett
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Storyline

Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join Rogers' Rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the French and Indian War. The film focuses on their famous raid at Fort St. Francis and their marches before and after the battle. Written by Dale Roloff

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Taglines:

MIGHTY DRAMA OF THE SAVAGE FRONTIER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Northwest Passage See more »

Filming Locations:

Cascade Mountains, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,677,762 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,169,000, 31 December 1940

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,150,000, 31 December 1940
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The U.S. Army Rangers trace their heritage to, and took their name from, Rogers Rangers. See more »

Goofs

Rogers' Rangers did not portage their whaleboats over a ridge during the St. Francis raid. This actually happened two years prior when the Rangers portaged their boats from Lake George to Wood Creek in order to avoid French outposts around Fort Ticonderoga (Carillon). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: This is a story of our early America... of the century of conflict with the French and Indians... when necessity made simple men, unknown to history, into giants in daring and endurance. It begins in Portsmouth New Hampshire, in 1759...
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Featured in Challenge the Wilderness (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Hills and Far Away
(uncredited)
Traditional
Heard as a theme at the start, and sung by the Rangers as they march off at the end.
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An exciting movie ..... holds up well.
3 November 1998 | by munson-2See all my reviews

Northwest Passage was produced in one of the golden years of the golden era of Hollywood....1939-1940., and contains all of the best of what MGM had to offer. Based on the Kenneth Roberts novel of the same name, Northwest Passage covers "Part I - Roger's Rangers" of that epic work. Set in Colonial American during the French and Indian Wars, it recalls the true exploits of a group of Rangers sent up into the French-Canadian woods to wipe-out a village of enemy-aiding warriors..... and especially the agonizing hardships on the trip home as they are pursued by the French. The scope of this movie has always impressed me, from the coziness of the firelight of a Studley's Tavern, the richness of The Reverend Brown's palor, the solid construction of Crown Point, and the beauty of the forest.

The Cast is top-notch headed by Spencer Tracy as Major Rogers. Robert Young, Walter Brennen, Ruth Hussey, and others help to make this a real treat to watch. The technicolor is of the fine old process, and we see hues and tones that are not visible in today's movies. Also, the musical score is compelling. This movie is absorbing, and when watched without interruption, the viewer gets swept along as though part of the story.


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