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The Wild North (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 28 March 1952 (USA)
In the Canadian mountains, a trapper goes on the run accused of a crime, and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman of the Royal North-West Mounted Police.

Director:

Andrew Marton

Writer:

Frank Fenton (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stewart Granger ... Jules Vincent
Wendell Corey ... Constable Pedley
Cyd Charisse ... Indian Girl
Morgan Farley ... Father Simon
J.M. Kerrigan ... Callahan
Howard Petrie ... Brody
Houseley Stevenson ... Old Man
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Sergeant
John War Eagle ... Indian Chief
Ray Teal ... Ruger
Clancy Cooper ... Sloan
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Storyline

Jules Vincent, a happy-go-lucky, outgoing French Canadian trapper in the wild Northwest, befriends a beautiful Native American girl, and although he makes an enemy of bully Max Brody, he agrees to travel with him. When Brody tries to kill them, Vincent kills him in self-defense. He is pursued by a by-the-book, idealistic Constable Pedley, who believes in the Mounties' credo "we always get our man." The country is rugged and fraught with dangers like white water rapids, avalanches, wolf packs and desperadoes. After capturing Vincent, the inexperienced Mountie finds he is in no shape to get back to civilization without Vincent's help. Pedley is torn between fulfilling his duty and freeing the man who has saved his life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Only a god or a beast can beat the wilderness... and this man is a little of both! His bride is like some wild thing whom the trapper has captured and gentled with love! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big North See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,282,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,111,000, 31 December 1952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,007,000, 31 December 1952
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Constable Pedley was inspired by early 20th century Canadian North West Mounted Police officer Albert Pedley. The officer was sent to capture a criminal in 1904 during a harsh winter. He suffered months of loneliness and cruel weather, falling victim to the white madness of snow country. Nevertheless, Pedley brought his prisoner to justice. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie, Brody's first name is said to be "Max" multiple times. At the end of the film during the hearing, the one time the judge states his name he says "Mike" Brody. In the on-screen credits, the character is only listed with the last name "Brody." See more »

Quotes

Constable Pedley: Why didn't you let them kill me?
Jules Vincent: Don't worry, bébé. That's a job I'm keeping especially for myself.
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Referenced in Éden (2011) See more »

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Northern Lights
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Written by Charles Wolcott
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Corey and Granger provide strong performances
25 May 2012 | by skytop111See all my reviews

I enjoyed both Corey and Granger performance. However, I especially liked Corey's strong character performance in "The Wild North". Corey's understated character contrasts well with the mountain man persona of Granger. In later years, Corey always was cast in submissive, retiring roles which really did not suit him. Corey projects a strong 'quiet' type of presence and with a high level of integrity. Cinema photography and accuracy is especially fabulous in this movie. No fake Hollywood sets for this movie.

The story builds as the character development becomes apparent. Viewers begin to identify and feel for the characters making the story even more vivid and realistic. The best compliment I can pay this movie is that it allowed me to feel like I was up North with them during the trek!


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