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Pierre of the Plains (1942)

Passed | | Drama | 29 July 1942 (USA)
In 1940's Moose Hill, Saskatchewan, outdoorsman Pierre is attracted to saloon-owner Daisy. Hearing of her impending marriage to 'Jap' Durkin, a law officer and rival, Pierre arranges things... See full summary »


George B. Seitz


Lawrence Kimble (screenplay), Bertram Millhauser (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
John Carroll ... Pierre
Ruth Hussey ... Daisy Denton
Bruce Cabot ... 'Jap' Durkin
Phil Brown ... Val Denton
Reginald Owen ... Noah Glenkins
Henry Travers ... Percival Wellsby
Evelyn Ankers ... Celia Wellsby
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Sergeant Dugan
Frederick Worlock ... Inspector Cannody (as Frederic Worlock)
Charles Stevens ... Crying Loon
Sheldon Leonard ... Clerou
Lois Ranson ... Clara
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry O'Neill ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)
William Post Jr. ... Undetermined Role (scenes deleted)


In 1940's Moose Hill, Saskatchewan, outdoorsman Pierre is attracted to saloon-owner Daisy. Hearing of her impending marriage to 'Jap' Durkin, a law officer and rival, Pierre arranges things so the wedding won't occur. Later, Daisy's brother Val, who is also on Durkin's bad side, accidentally kills a crony of Durkin's. Durkin arrests Val and is determined to see him punished, not so much for the killing, but also for the humiliation of the canceled wedding. Pierre, Daisy, and a couple of visiting campers help spring Val, resulting in more complications and another death. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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MIGHTY STORY OF THE GREAT NORTHWEST! (original poster-all caps) See more »




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English | French

Release Date:

29 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El quijote de la pampa See more »


Box Office


$384,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Broadway play of the same title upon which this film is based opened at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St., on October 12, 1908 and ran for 32 performances. See more »


When Celia Wellsby is fishing (33:00) she is using, "the finest tackle you can buy." That's all well and good except she's trying to fly fish using a bait casting reel and rod. Bait casting reels and rods are designed for use with heavier baits whereas flys are the lightest of all lures. She would never be able to cast the fly upon the water, certainly not with any distance. See more »


Version of Heart of the Wilds (1918) See more »


Music by Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by John Carroll
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This film is a lot of fun and will leave you with a smile
19 May 2013 | by Mikel3See all my reviews

I watched this the other day on TCM and was VERY pleasantly surprised. The main character "Pierre" is a likable rouge played to perfection by John Carroll. He's tough, he's fair, and his good-natured. This was the kind of character I wish had shown up in a series of films. Yeah, as someone else pointed out, this is Hollywood's interpretation of Canada. Still who cares, you could say the same about most American Westerns too, lots of action and little fact. I was impressed by the witty dialog and quirky characters in this. And it was not always predictable either, for instance I was surprised at the way Pierre handled being cheated at cards. I loved this film and consider it a little gem. At the end I found myself feeling good and thinking, "Yep, they just don't make um like that anymore".

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