Saskatchewan (1954)

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    • Saskatchewan (1954)

      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)

      Watch the Movie

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      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was 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)

      spikeo wrote:

      Saskatchewan is directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Gil Doud. It stars Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish, Hugh O'Brian, Jay Silverheels, George Lewis and Robert Douglas. Music is by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography in Technicolor is by John F. Seitz.

      Saskatchewan River Country, Spring 1877, and Mountie Sergeant O'Rourke (Ladd), who was reared by the Cree Indians, sets about trying to prevent the Cree from joining forces with the Sioux who have crossed the border into Canada after massacring General Custer at Little Bighorn.

      Competent story with muscular direction for the action sequences, Saskatchewan is undoubtedly reliant on the beautiful visuals to keep the viewer enthralled. Plot is one of those that telegraphs the outcome right from the off, thus any genuine suspense is hard to garner, while the characterisations are drawn as standard. Male cast members are mostly fine, with Ladd always watchable when doing stoicism, but Winters, in a character desperately trying not to be a token, is sadly miscast. However, the action is of high standard, with lots of extras and horses whizzing about to create excitement, and the photography in and around Banff National Park in Alberta is sublime. Whether it's the wonderful mountains, the angled trees or the shimmering river (the latter providing a truly breath taking reflection at one point), Seitz's (The Lost Weekend/Sunset Boulevard) work for this film is reason enough to seek it out. 6/10

      The Pegasus Region 2 DVD release is presented in 4:3 full frame and the picture quality is good to fair, if a little grainy for the very light scenes.
      Best Wishes
      London- England