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O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted (1954)

Saskatchewan (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Western | 30 March 1954 (USA)
In 1877 Western Canada, a police inspector revolts against his inept commander, taking a safer route to the U.S. border in order to stop invading hostile Indians.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Gil Doud (story), Gil Doud (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Ladd ... Thomas O'Rourke
Shelley Winters ... Grace Markey
J. Carrol Naish ... Batoche
Hugh O'Brian ... Carl Smith
Robert Douglas ... Benton
George J. Lewis ... Lawson
Richard Long ... Abbott
Jay Silverheels ... Cajou
Antonio Moreno ... Chief Dark Cloud
Frank Chase Frank Chase ... Keller
Lowell Gilmore ... Banks
Anthony Caruso ... Spotted Eagle
Henry Wills ... Merrill
Bob Herron ... Brill (as Robert D. Herron)
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Storyline

O'Rourke and his Cree half brother Cajou are returning from a northern Canadian trapping trip when they encounter a burned wagon train and sole survivor Grace. Naive Mountie commander Benton believes it to be a Cree attack. The Sioux from across the border are trying to force the Cree into being allies in their struggle with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. O'Rourke must mutiny to save the men. He must also aid Grace, in whom Marshal Smith has both official and unprovoked amorous interests. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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...where the Royal Northwest Mounted Police stood alone against the fury of the Custer-massacring Sioux and the savage Cree Nation! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Casaca roja See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,250,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On the set of this film, Alan Ladd became seriously ill with an infection, but insisted to continue his work on the movie. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1876 but the Stetsons worn by the Mounties were not introduced until 1904 (apart from those issued to the contingent sent to England for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897). In 1876, the Mounties wore pith helmets in summer and fur "wedge" caps in winter, with pill-box caps for duties in forts and around summer campsites. See more »

Quotes

Thomas O'Rourke: Must be tough on a woman, alone in this country.
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The movie was not about the province.
12 November 2002 | by hughteboSee all my reviews

This movie was filmed in Banff National Park not far from the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River. Locations such as Bow Lake and Peyto Lake are on the Icefield Parkway Hwy 93 North of Lake Louise. The movie showed the Sioux a little farther west and north of where they retreated after the Custer Massacre as they only (most of them) only made it to the Cypress Hills in Southeast Alberta. Actual number of "mounties" involved in bringing them back to the border?? Three!! The Canadian and American governments had agreed no harm would come to the Sioux or Sitting Bull but of course this promise was not kept and Superintendant Walsh of the R. C. M. P. (Then Northwest Mounted Police orN.W.M.P) resigned over the betrayal of the Sioux.


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