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Northwest Rangers (1942)

Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)

Writers:

Gordon Kahn (screenplay), David Lang (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ... Frank 'Blackie' Marshall
William Lundigan ... James Kevin Gardiner
Patricia Dane ... Jean Avery
John Carradine ... Martin Caswell
Jack Holt ... Duncan Frazier
Keenan Wynn ... 'Slip' O'Mara
Grant Withers ... Fowler
Darryl Hickman ... 'Blackie' - as a Boy
Drew Roddy Drew Roddy ... Jim - as a Boy
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Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

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FOR ROUGH-AND-READY ROMANCE RIDE WITH THE NORTHWEST RANGERS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambler's Choice See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Wednesday 27 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Philadelphia 2 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Hartford CT 6 May on WHCT (Channel 18), in Chicago 8 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Tampa 24 May 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in New Haven CT 29 May 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Altoona PA 5 June 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10, in Honolulu 10 June 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Minneapolis 12 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Norfolk VA 14 October 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Salt Lake City 19 October 1957 on KTVT (Channel 4), in Memphis 13 December 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), in Miami 24 December on WCKT (Channel 7) and in Cincinnati 27 January 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5); its San Francisco television premiere did not take place until 10 December 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 25 March 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Programmer merely passes the time...trite script, poor performances...
11 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Trivia note: Darryl Hickman turning into James Craig as an adult??? I don't think so.

JAMES CRAIG and WILLIAM LUNDIGAN co-star as two orphans who are reunited years later when Lundigan is a Mountie and Craig is a big gambler who started his gambling career in JOHN CARRADINE's gambling joint as a kid. PATRICIA DANE is a self-confident singer from Frisco who catches the eye of Craig when she makes the mistake of applying for a job from Carradine. KEENAN WYNN has a supporting role as Carradine's sidekick.

Strictly a third-rate B-picture from MGM, reminiscent of many another programmer about a woman who comes between two friends. Production values are on the low-budget or modest side. PATRICIA DANE is stiff and unconvincing as the girl both brothers love.

Lundigan looks good in his Mountie uniform but both he and Craig are on the bland side as far as screen charisma is concerned. Craig's role as "Blackie Morton" seems like a poor imitation of Gable's "Blackie Norton" role in SAN FRANCISCO.

The plot hinges on Carradine losing his gambling place and then gambling Craig to win it back. A showdown of a fight between Craig and GRANT WITHERS over a gambling debt, at a mine, has Withers falling to his death down a mine shaft. When Lundigan announces he's going to marry Dane, the rest of the plot has to do with how Craig's murderous ways will be discovered, including the truth about the mine shaft murder, and how the love interest will be resolved.

Of course, good wins over evil. When the chips are down, it's up to Lundigan to play the hero and solve the problem his way in the tradition of the Mounties "always getting their man".

Sorry to say that handsome JAMES CRAIG is totally unconvincing as the black-hearted gambler in this poorly directed and scripted programmer and Lundigan's role is so underwritten he can do little with it.

It merely passes the time quickly with a short running time.


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