North West Mounted Police (1940)

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    • North West Mounted Police (1940)




      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

      Watch the Movie

      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

      NWMP poster.jpg

      User Review

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

      thinker wrote:

      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. ****
      Best Wishes
      London- England