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North West Mounted Police (1940)

In 1885, a Texas Ranger travels to Canada to arrest a trapper who's wanted for murder and who's stirring up the Natives in a rebellion against the Canadian government.

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille

Writers:

Alan Le May (original screen play) (as Alan Lemay), Jesse Lasky Jr. (original screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Cooper ... Dusty Rivers
Madeleine Carroll ... April Logan
Paulette Goddard ... Louvette Corbeau
Preston Foster ... Sergeant Jim Brett
Robert Preston ... Ronnie Logan
George Bancroft ... Jacques Corbeau
Lynne Overman ... Tod McDuff
Akim Tamiroff ... Dan Duroc
Walter Hampden ... Big Bear
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Shorty
Montagu Love ... Inspector Cabot
Francis McDonald ... Louis Riel
George E. Stone ... Johnny Pelang
Willard Robertson ... Supt. Harrington
Regis Toomey ... Constable Jerry Moore
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Storyline

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He wanders into the midst of the Riel Rebellion, in which Métis (people of French and Native heritage) and Natives want a separate nation. Dusty falls for nurse April Logan, who is also loved by Mountie Jim Brett. April's brother is involved with Courbeau's daughter Louvette, which leads to trouble during the battles between the rebels and the Mounties. Through it all Dusty is determined to bring Corbeau back to Texas (and April, too, if he can manage it.) Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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The roaring magnificence of "Union Pacific" . . . the pulse-pounding action of "The Plainsman" . . . two surging love stories woven into an unforgettable drama of human emotions . . . told against the blazing beauty of the northern forests . . . filmed in SUPER TECHNICOLOR !


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Scarlet Riders See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cecil B. DeMille initially thought Paulette Goddard was all wrong for the role of the half-breed Indian girl. Marlene Dietrich, Vivien Leigh, Katherine DeMille, Simone Simon, Anna Sten, Olympe Bradna, and Steffi Duna were considered for the part, but when Goddard showed up in his office in costume and make-up speaking pidgin English, he cast her. See more »

Goofs

Just before heading out to find Corbeau, Rivers helps April up onto her wagon. A few minutes later we see her climb up again, on her own. See more »

Quotes

Dusty Rivers: Down where I come from we don't jump to conclusions. It's liable to be a feller's last jump.
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Alternate Versions

The UK DVD is cut by 6 secs with edits to cruel horsefalls. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mes Petites Amoureuses (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

DOES THE MOON SHINE THROUGH THE LONESOME PINE?
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Written by Frank Loesser, Victor Young
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De Mille's first Technicolor-epic
12 April 2007 | by nnnn45089191See all my reviews

The master of spectacle doesn't let us down in that regard with his first movie shot in Technicolor.The action sequences are as exciting as in other De Mille spectacles but the hammy acting,the ridiculous dialog and slow pacing makes this a below par movie for De Mille. Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll look embarrassed throughout speaking those silly lines.Preston Foster as the third party of the love triangle has one of his more substantial parts in his career.But it is fun to watch Paulette Goddard's hilarious overacting.As her villainous father George Bancroft isn't far behind in that department.The best acting are provided by the two veterans Akim Tamiroff and Lynne Overman who provide some comic relief.The movie is beautiful to look at in bright colors and passes the afternoon quite painlessly.


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