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Northwest Stampede (1948)

Approved | | Western | 28 July 1948 (USA)
When his father dies, rodeo star Dan Bennett returns to his ranch but hires on as a ranch hand. A horse known as the White Outlaw is the leader of a herd of wild horses and Dan's obsession ... See full summary »


Albert S. Rogell


Art Arthur (story), Lillie Hayward (story) | 3 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Joan Leslie ... Chris Johnson
James Craig ... Dan Bennett
Jack Oakie ... Mike Kirby
Chill Wills ... Mileaway
Victor Kilian Victor Kilian ... Mel Saunders
Stanley Andrews ... Bowles
Ray Bennett ... Barkis
Lane Chandler ... Scrivner
Flame ... Flame, Dan's Dog


When his father dies, rodeo star Dan Bennett returns to his ranch but hires on as a ranch hand. A horse known as the White Outlaw is the leader of a herd of wild horses and Dan's obsession now is to capture and tame that horse. Foreman Christine Johnson learns of his true identity and that he plans to sell the ranch after taming the horse. Her objective now becomes to keep him from selling and she starts by releasing the White Outlaw he has just captured. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THRILL to the most daring death duel ever filmed---the "White Outlaw" battling a snarling, fear-crazed wolfpack! See more »




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Release Date:

28 July 1948 (USA) See more »

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Silberkönig See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Cinecolor)| Color (Radiantcolor) (UK prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Narrator: This is the high river country of the great Northwest - unspoiled by man, a region of cool, crystal lakes and towering, snow-capped mountains, where rimrock ledges climb up toward the timberline. Wild horse herds range these lovely hills, a strong and onery breed that has for the most part never been broken to the will of man. They take refuge in the hidden valleys and lost canyons where the footprint of man is seldom seen. In winter, only the strongest can survive and when the ...
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Gives cheap B Westerns of the 40's a bad name.
26 February 2001 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews

Completely meritless Western concerning a top rodeo rider who takes over a ranch. The foreman of the ranch is a woman, who just happens to be a top female rodeo rider. The two have an immediate dislike for each other, but this animosity hides mutual respect which blossoms into romance.

This is one of those films which really is terrible and dull to watch. The story and script are contrived and laboured, with nothing ever really happening. The film meanders painfully along for its short running time, scratching around for scenes to pad everything out.

Film is in colour, which is surprising for a Western released in 1948, although there is some really bad back projection and stock rodeo footage. I also remember some dire animal effects in a scene where some wild horses are attacked by wolves

I was unsure as to the period setting of this turkey - it seemed to be the West of around the 1880's, but later had more of a mid- 20th Century feel about it. This may have been due to my lack of concentration but 'Northwest Stampede' is incredibly tiresome with nothing for the eye or mind to lock on to for more than a couple of minutes.

As a low-budget Western of the 1940's with no names of any note, the film never promised much - despite these low expectations the film fails in every department and has no entertainment value whatsoever. Westerns with rodeo themes are always rubbish - you need cowboys, indians, the cavalry, the drunken sheriff, the saloon gal, the baddie in the black hat etc. - this was more like a Lassie film.

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