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Northwest Outpost (1947)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Music | 25 June 1947 (USA)
The daughter of a Russian general arrives at Fort Ross American outpost with a slightly credible motive, hiding her true reasons which have to do with treason and blackmail. Yet she can not... See full summary »


Allan Dwan


Elizabeth Meehan (screenplay), Richard Sale (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Nelson Eddy ... Captain Jim Laurence
Ilona Massey ... Natalia Alanova
Joseph Schildkraut ... Count Igor Savin
Elsa Lanchester ... Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana
Hugo Haas ... Prince Nickolai Balinin
Lenore Ulric ... Baroness Kruposny
Peter Whitney ... Volkoff Overseer
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Olga Natalia's Maid
Ernö Verebes ... Kyril Balinin's Aide
George Sorel George Sorel ... Baron Kruposny
Rick Vallin ... Dovkin


The daughter of a Russian general arrives at Fort Ross American outpost with a slightly credible motive, hiding her true reasons which have to do with treason and blackmail. Yet she can not but fall in love with Captain Lawrence, right hand to the governor and an apparently incorruptible man. Written by BSK

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Release Date:

25 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Leise spielt die Balalaika See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jeanette MacDonald was originally cast as the female lead, but due to health problems, was replaced by Ilona Massey. See more »


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Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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Nelson and the Russians
31 March 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In his last effort on the big screen Nelson Eddy turned to a familiar Russian theme that he previously used in Balalaika and in The Chocalate Soldier. Unfortunately Rudolf Friml did not provide him with any particularly memorable songs, in fact the best number is Weary, sung by the prisoners during their labor.

After Jeanette MacDonald, Ilona Massey was his best known co-star and both are ably supported by Elsa Lanchester and Joseph Schildkraut.

The plot is a bit hard to take. I think Martin Van Buren was one far thinking president to send Nelson Eddy out to ingratiate himself with the Russian colonists at Fort Ross. Unfortunately there is absolutely nothing in the history books about this mission.

It would have been better to just make Nelson a Russian. Not like he hadn't played one before.

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