Saskatchewan (1954)

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    aka O'Rourke of the Canadian Mounted



    Plot Summary
    O'Rourke and his Cree half brother Cajou are returning from a northern Canadian trapping trip when they encounter a burned wagon train and sole survivor Grace. Naive Mountie commander Benton believes it to be a Cree attack. The Sioux from across the border are trying to force the Cree into being allies in their struggle with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. O'Rourke must mutiny to save the men. He must also aid Grace, in whom Marshal Smith has both official and unprovoked amorous interests.
    Written by Ed Stephan

    Alan Ladd ... Thomas O'Rourke
    Shelley Winters ... Grace Markey
    J. Carrol Naish ... Batoche
    Hugh O'Brian ... Carl Smith
    Robert Douglas ... Benton
    George J. Lewis ... Lawson
    Richard Long ... Abbott
    Jay Silverheels ... ajou
    Antonio Moreno ... Chief Dark Cloud
    Frank Chase ... Keller
    Lowell Gilmore ... Banks
    Anthony Caruso ... Spotted Eagle
    Henry Wills ... Merrill
    Bob Herron ... Brill (as Robert D. Herron)
    and many more...

    Raoul Walsh

    Writing Credits
    Gil Doud ... (story)(screenplay)

    Aaron Rosenberg ... producer

    William Lava ... (uncredited)
    Henry Mancini ... (uncredited)
    Hans J. Salter ... (uncredited)
    Frank Skinner ... (uncredited)
    Herman Stein ... (uncredited)

    John F. Seitz ... director of photography (as John Seitz)

    Canadian Big Band leader Moxie Whitney and his musicians were extras many times in this movie. They played the bad guys, the good guys as well as mounties.

    On the set of this film, Alan Ladd became seriously ill with an infection, but insisted to continue his work on the movie.

    When Batouche spots the Cree and Sioux following, he sees them by looking down from a high point. However, when O'Rourke looks at them through the binoculars he sees them from front on, at ground level.

    Errors in geography
    There are no mountains in Saskatchewan.

    Shelley Winters asks the Mountie guarding the jail in Fort Walsh, Saskatchewan how far the fort is from Montana. The guard answers "the border is about 18 to 20 miles south of here". The U.S. border is about 40 miles (65 km) south of Fort Walsh.

    Movie is titled Saskatchewan but that province does not have the Rocky Mountains which dominate this film. Prettier, yes, but not factual, as the film was supposed to be based on a true story.

    Factual errors
    The Northwest Mounted Police did not fight any battles with the Sioux. In fact the Sioux foray into Canada after Custer's Last Stand was quite peaceful.

    Sioux chief Crazy Horse did not flee to Canada after Custer's Last Stand.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Alberta, Canada (Stoney Indian Reserves)
    Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Bow Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
    Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada (Crowfoot Glacier)

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    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 3 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Saskatchewan, titled in the UK,
    is a 1954 American Technicolor Northern/Western film directed by
    Raoul Walsh starring Alan Ladd and Shelley Winters.
    The title refers to Fort Saskatchewan in modern Alberta.
    Shooting was in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, not far from the headwaters of the Saskatchewan River.

    It was Alan Ladd's second starring vehicle for Universal, for whom he had made Desert Legion.
    The arrangement was made in England, where Ladd was shooting Hell Below Zero.
    The film was to be shot on location in Canada, enabling Ladd to get a tax exemption from the US government

    "I see absolutely no reason why I should not avail myself of the exemption because it is a law," said Ladd.

    Shelley Winters was his co-star in June. She contracted an eye infection
    when she arrived on location at Lake Louise but was able to make the film.
    Filming started August 1953

    User Review

    Mounties, Cree and the Sioux.
    15 January 2012 | by Spikeopath (United Kingdom)

    Best Wishes
    London- England