North West Mounted Police (1940)

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    Plot Summary
    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

    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
    Richard Denning ...Constable Thornton
    Douglas Kennedy ...Constable Carter
    Robert Ryan ...Constable Dumont
    James Seay ...Constable Fenton
    Lane Chandler ...Constable Fyffe
    Ralph Byrd ...Constable Ackroyd
    Eric Alden ...Constable Kent
    Wallace Reid Jr. ...Constable Rankin
    Bud Geary ...Constable Herrick
    Evan Thomas ...Capt. Gower
    Jack Pennick ...Sergeant Field
    Rod Cameron ...Corporal Underhill
    Davison Clark ...Surgeon Roberts
    Jack Chapin ...Bugler
    Chief Thundercloud ...Wandering Spirit
    Harry Burns ...The Crow
    Louis Merrill ...Lesure (as Lou Merrill)
    Clara Blandick ...Mrs. Burns
    Ynez Seabury ...Mrs. Shorty
    Eva Puig ...Ekawe
    Julia Faye ...Wapiskau
    Chief John Big Tree ...Blue Owl (uncredited)
    and many, many more...

    Cecil B. DeMille

    Writing Credits
    Alan Le May ... (original screen play) (as Alan Lemay) &
    Jesse Lasky Jr. ... (original screen play) and
    C. Gardner Sullivan ... (original screen play)
    R.C. Fetherstonhaugh ... (novel) (uncredited)

    Cecil B. DeMille ... producer
    William H. Pine ... associate producer
    William LeBaron ... executive producer (uncredited)

    Victor Young

    W. Howard Greene ... director of photography
    Victor Milner ... director of photography

    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.

    Joel McCrea was originally cast as Dusty Rivers.
    Gary Cooper traded roles so that McCrea could star in Foreign Correspondent (1940).

    Gatling Guns really were used at Fish Creek, Cutknife Hill,
    and Batoche during the rebellion on which this story is very loosely based.
    The federal government were trying them out "on approval".
    One gun's operator, a Gatling company agent, was also a captain in the Connecticut National Guard.

    One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949,
    which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution.
    They have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since.

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation on April 13, 1942.
    Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, and Preston Foster reprised their film roles.

    One of the films included in "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time
    (And How They Got That Way)" by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.

    Due to budget restrictions, the movie was filmed at sound stages
    at the Paramount lot as well as on location in Oregon and California,
    even though the film was based on a real life incident in Saskatchewan, Canada.

    Cecil B. DeMille narrated portions of the story, a practice he followed in all of his Technicolor films.

    John Wayne and Cary Grant were considered for the role of Dusty Rivers.

    Frank Wead and Jeanie Macpherson worked on a version of the script,
    but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

    This was Cecil B. DeMille's first technicolor film.

    The world premiere of the film was held in Regina, Saskatchewan,
    the birthplace of the Northwest Mounted Police.

    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.

    Factual errors
    The NWMP did not wear bearskin hats as seen in the movie.
    They wore either a red-and-black pillbox type cap, or a large white hat in the style of a London Bobbie.

    Throughout the movie the name "Metis" is pronounced "Mee-tiss." It is actually pronounced "May-tee".

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
    Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
    Shay Ranch, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA

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    North West Mounted Police

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • North West Mounted Police is a 1940 American adventure film produced and directed
    by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll.
    Written by Alan Le May, Jesse Lasky, Jr., and C. Gardner Sullivan, and based on the 1938 novel
    The Royal Canadian Mounted Police by R. C. Fetherstonhaugh, the film is about a Texas Ranger
    who joins forces with the North-West Mounted Police to put down a rebellion
    in the north-west prairies of Canada.

    The supporting cast features Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston,
    Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney, Jr. and George Bancroft.
    Regis Toomey, Richard Denning and Robert Ryan make brief appearances in the film playing small roles..

    North West Mounted Police was DeMille's first film in Technicolor.

    The film premiered on October 21, 1940 in Regina, Saskatchewan,
    and was released in the United States on October 22, 1940 by Paramount Pictures.
    The film received an Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Anne Bauchens)

    Look out for Duke's, 'Pals', Lon Chaney Jr.,Robert Ryan

    User Review

    " Bachelors know of only one mistake you can't make twice "
    7 May 2014 | by thinker1691 (USA)

    A great novel written by R. C. Featherstonhaugh is the basis for this rousing, well directed movie by Cecil B. DeMille and is called " North West Mounted Police ".

    It tells the story of a courageous and determined Texas Ranger named Dusty Rivers (Gary Cooper) who's task is to ride to Canada and bring back Jacques Corbeau (George Bancroft) a murderous outlaw to stand trial for murder in Texas, U.S.A. Complications arise when he arrives in Canada he learns, the Mounted Police also want the outlaw to stand trial there. In addition, among the friends Rivers' makes is Sergeant Jim Brett (Preston Foster), Ronnie Logan (Robert Preston) and Constable Dumont (Robert Ryan). Further complications involve are the women he meets while there. Although he tries to stay clear of the Canadian police, it's nearly impossible and he becomes personally embroiled in their rebellious uprising and Indian war. The film is colorful, interesting, well structured, and sure to entertain audiences. Although not the director's first choice, Cooper holds his own and with the other exciting cast members like Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney Jr, and Regis Toomey, allows the movie to become a major Classic on it's own. Well done. ****

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    London- England