Canadian Pacific (1949)

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    • Canadian Pacific (1949)





      Plot Summary
      After finding a vital pass through the Canadian Rockies for the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Tom Andrews tells his boss Cornelius Van Horne that he is resigning to marry the girl he loves, Cecille Gautier. From Cecille, Tom learns that fur trader Dirk Rourke fears the coming of the railroad because it threatens his hold on the Indians and other trappers. Tom and Rorke have a bitter fight over Cecille, and Tom asks her to wait for him, as he has to go back and finish his job with the railroad. Aided by Dynamite Dawson, Tom finds evidence of Rourke's work against the railroad construction and almost loses his life when Rourke fires into some crates of dynamite Tom is unloading. The construction camp's doctor, Edith Cabot, gives her own blood in a transfusion to save Tom's life. Cecille, realizing that her father is working with Rourke against the railroad,rides off to warn Tom. Rourke intercepts her and tells her that Tom is in love with the lady doctor, but she bullwhips ...
      Written by Les Adams

      Randolph Scott ... Tom Andrews
      Jane Wyatt ... Dr. Edith Cabot
      J. Carrol Naish ... Dynamite Dawson
      Victor Jory ... Dirk Rourke
      Nancy Olson ... Cecille Gautier
      Robert Barrat ... Cornelius Van Horne
      Walter Sande ... Mike Brannigan
      Don Haggerty ... Cagle
      Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Mason
      Mary Kent ... Mrs. Gautier
      John Parrish ... Mr. Gautier
      John Hamilton ... Pere Lacomb
      Dick Wessel ... Bailey (as Richard Wessel)
      Howard Negley ... Mallis
      and many more...

      Edwin L. Marin

      Writing Credits
      Jack DeWitt ... (story)(writer)
      Kenneth Gamet ... (writer)

      Nat Holt ... producer
      Harry Howard ... associate producer

      Dimitri Tiomkin

      Fred Jackman Jr.

      At the beginning when Tom Andrews is in Cornelius Van Horne's private train car, there is a picture of a 4-4-0 engine. This is a print of the Western & Atlantic Railroad engine, "The General" famous for the Andrews Raid during the American Civil War. The General used to be in Chattanooga, TN, but is now housed in Kennesaw, GA.

      The CPR provided rail construction gangs that starred in the film and set up a stretch of fake tracks beside the main line.The CPR also provided an authentic 1800s construction train.

      Nat Holt's debut as an independent producer after many years at RKO.

      The producers employed Indians from the Yiskabee or Stony Sioux tribes to portray the natives in the film.

      It's the first Cinecolor film to use a post-exposure flashing technique to enable interior scenes to be shot with less light.

      Film debut of Nancy Olson.

      At about 25 minutes into the movie, Nancy Olson's character lifts her left arm and we can see the armpit of her white top is discolored. We didn't often see the evidence of "ladies" perspiration on their clothing in that era of filmmaking.

      Nancy Olson's hair styles, costumes, and general demeanor are all strictly in the 1949 mode, despite the fact that the story is taking place in the mid-1880s.

      In the movie dynamite is used. But at the time, dynamite was a fairly recent invention, and was not yet in common use in Canada. In building the CPR, nitroglycerin was used instead.

      Errors in geography
      Dynamite is in frequent use, apparently as part of preparing the roadbed. But at this point they are laying track across level prairie, where no blasting is required.

      Factual errors
      The Metis people are often discussed, but mispronounced in this film. It should be "May-tee", not "Met-is".

      At the end of the film when the Indian's come into the camp they speak in their own language, which needs to be translated by the pastor. Yet when the pastor (who the leader of railroad gang is speaking to the Indian's through) explains the railroads decision to the Indian's he speaks English back to Indians; leaving us to wonder how the Indian's now understand English.

      Revealing mistakes
      Tom said he thought he heard the sound of a rifle just before the dynamite blew up. But a bullet travels faster than sound, so the explosion would have taken place before the sound of the shot could reach him.

      The Bailey's Saloon tent that's torn down by the train at Tom Andrews' (Randolph Scott) direction was considerably smaller than the one in which the action scenes were filmed earlier.

      Several times we hear the engine's whistle blow the distinctive four blasts for a crossing; but there are no crossings yet at the railhead.

      When the Indians are about to attack, Tom and the workers are alerted by the sound of drums. In reality, the Indians would not use drums while attacking.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
      General Service Studios - 1040 N. Las Palmas, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio)
      Kicking Horse Pass, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
      Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
      Morley Indian Reserve, Morley, Alberta, Canada
      Yoho Valley, Yoho National Park, British Columbia, Canada
      Watch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Canadian Pacific (1949)

      Canadian Pacific is a 1949 historical Western, directed by
      Edwin L. Marin and starring Randolph Scott and Jane Wyatt.

      Filmed in Cinecolor on location in the Canadian Rockies
      in Banff National Park, Morley Indian Reserve in Alberta and
      Yoho National Park in British Columbia,
      it spins a fanciful account of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


      User Review

      Randolph Scott has his hands full with Victor Jory's disruptions
      28 December 2013 | by msroz (United States)

      ms wrote:

      Although I have about 50 Randolph Scott westerns, there's always room for one more. "Canadian Pacific" was finally aired by TCM as part of the 20th Century Fox package that it has been showing of late. It's an average western, as other reviews indicate. The color is Cinecolor, which makes it look like a 1940s scenic post card, and so it carries a nostalgic feeling with it. Scott wears a leather jacket that looks a bit familiar. Maybe it was a favorite of his.

      In this story, Victor Jory is the bad guy, stirring up the Indians so that the railroad can't come through and so that he can maintain his trading posts monopoly. He had a 50-year career in the movies and TV.

      Robert Barrat, usually at home in a Warner Bros. movie, is effective as the railroad's general manager. J. Carroll Naish takes care of the dynamite and helps Scott out, but a lot of dynamite goes missing.

      Scott has two women to choose from. One is a doctor, the pacifist Jane Wyman. The other is the spirited Nancy Olson in her first credited movie role. The following year, she had a juicy role in "Sunset Boulevard".

      Scott, who starts off very tight with Olson, slips away to Wyman who saves his life with her blood. She even induces him to hang up his guns. Will that stick? Whom will Scott end up with? Watch and find out.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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