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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 »

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Joan Leslie ... Chris Johnson
James Craig ... Dan Bennett
Jack Oakie ... Mike Kirby
Chill Wills ... Mileaway
Victor Kilian ... Mel Saunders
Stanley Andrews ... Bowles
Ray Bennett ... Barkis
Lane Chandler ... Scrivner
Flame ... Flame, Dan's Dog
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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 Thundering Herds! Racing Adventure! Thrilling Romance! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Silberkönig See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

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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Blizzard
9 August 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I first saw this film over 60 years ago on our old black and white TV set on the Million Dollar Movie on WOR Channel 9 in New York. It made it to television early as apparently after Eagle-Lion Pictures went out of business its film library was sold to RKO and WOR was an RKO station. What I missed seeing of course was the spectacular technicolor cinematography of this film shot in the rugged Canadian northwest.

James Craig is the son of a ranch owner and he's gone off to compete in the rodeos. He gets word that his dad has passed away and he goes off to settle the estate.

He finds two things when he arrives, a bossy female foreman played by Joan Leslie who is every bit as skilled in the western ways as he is. He also finds that a white stallion that he raised as a kid gone off and now is the leader of the wild horses in the area. As a kid Craig named the horse Blizzard.

If this had been done at Republic this film would have been perfect for Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. We might have gotten a song or three in the film as well. But Craig and Leslie pair off well against each other and two well schooled scene stealers in Jack Oakie and Chill Wills as a pair of western characters appropriate every scene they're in.

Northwest Stampede was a vivid childhood memory and I'm certainly glad through the good graces of YouTube that I got to see it again. It's nice family entertainment and I recommend it highly.


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