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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.


Andrew Marton


Frank Fenton (story & screenplay)




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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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 »


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Did You Know?


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 »


Although D Division was issued the broad-brimmed Stetson as a tryout in 1887. It was D Division that was sent to police the North country that year, including the Klondike Gold Rush. See more »


Jules Vincent: You try to take me in, bébé, and the same will happen with you as with him. I'll bury you, too.
Constable Pedley: You should have buried Brody.
Jules Vincent: I killed him. If I hadn't killed him, he'd have gotten me killed and the girl with me. I kill only to live, bébé. I kill what attacks me, man or animal.
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Makes my Top 10 list for sure!
22 July 2006 | by azcowboysingrSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it came out in theatres back when I was a kid & when I saw it on TCM awhile ago, it still socked me right in the kisser with its breathtakingly beautiful cinematography, fast paced action, suspense, and wonderful characters. Stewart Granger is totally believable as the wanted fur trapper, Cyd Charrisse is as beautiful as I remember her, and Wendell Corey is fantastic as the stalwart Mountie who always gets his man. This movie is in my personal list of Top 10 favorite films...ever! I finally got to make a DVD of it from TCM the other night & I've watched it 5 times since then without ever getting tired of it. The closing scene...Wendell Corey in his RCMP costume with a tiny kitten on his shoulder & the snow covered mountains behind him is a picture that I will carry with me to my grave. Absolutely a film to be treasured by anyone who loves great movies!

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Release Date:

28 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big North See more »


Box Office


$1,282,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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