Snow Dog (1950)

63 mins | Drama | 16 July 1950

Director:

Frank McDonald

Writer:

Bill Raynor

Cinematographer:

William Sickner

Production Designer:

David Milton

Production Company:

Monogram Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Wolf Dog and Tentacles of the North . A LAT article noted that the film bears little resemblance to James Oliver Curwood's original story. An earlier film based on Curwood's story was the 1926 Ben Wilson Productions film Tentacles of the North (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ; F2.5567). For additional information on other films in the "Chinook" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for Trail of the Yukon ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Wolf Dog and Tentacles of the North . A LAT article noted that the film bears little resemblance to James Oliver Curwood's original story. An earlier film based on Curwood's story was the 1926 Ben Wilson Productions film Tentacles of the North (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films 1921-30 ; F2.5567). For additional information on other films in the "Chinook" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for Trail of the Yukon . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Jul 50
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Apr 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 50
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
17 Jul 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Jul 50
p. 398.
Variety
12 Jul 50
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lindsley Parsons Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv ed
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Rec by
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to the prod
Set cont
Chief set electrician
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the short story "In the Tentacles of the North" by James Oliver Curwood in Blue Book Magazine (Jan 1915).
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
James Oliver Curwood's Snow Dog
Wolf Dog
Release Date:
16 July 1950
Production Date:
mid April--late April 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 July 1950
Copyright Number:
LP291
Duration(in mins):
63
Length(in feet):
5,711
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14584
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Louis, a fur trapper in Northwestern Canada, sees a killer wolf while hunting, then returns to the La Fontaine Trading Post and tells his sister Andrée about it. Later, Canadian Mountie Rod MacDonald and his dog Chinook answer a call for help from the proprietor of the trading post, and as soon as they arrive, they see the wolf standing over a body it has killed. After Chinook attacks the wolf, Rod realizes the two animals are almost identical. Rod then visits Louis' cabin, where he is held at gunpoint until Andrée recognizes him as a friend of their Uncle Henri, who has been murdered recently by the wolf. That night, Rod shows them the collar that Chinook ripped off the neck of the wolf, which suggests the animal is trained. At an inquest into the latest trapper's death, Andrée reveals that Henri left her and Louis a map of supposed treasures located in the white woods, where the wolf roams. When Andreé and Louis return to their cabin with Rod, they find that thieves have knocked out Chinook and stolen the map. They revive Chinook, and Andrée tells Rod about Henri's reputation for eccentricity and prospecting. When Rod brings Chinook into town the next day, the townspeople think the dog is the killer wolf and, led by trapper Biroff, beat up Rod. Physician F. J. McKenzie warns Rod to leave town, but Rod is determined to fight, and the next day he hears from a local Indian, White Eagle, about the legend surrounding the wolf, who is said to protect the silver mines of the white woods, land which used to be an Indian burial ground. When Rod ... +


Louis, a fur trapper in Northwestern Canada, sees a killer wolf while hunting, then returns to the La Fontaine Trading Post and tells his sister Andrée about it. Later, Canadian Mountie Rod MacDonald and his dog Chinook answer a call for help from the proprietor of the trading post, and as soon as they arrive, they see the wolf standing over a body it has killed. After Chinook attacks the wolf, Rod realizes the two animals are almost identical. Rod then visits Louis' cabin, where he is held at gunpoint until Andrée recognizes him as a friend of their Uncle Henri, who has been murdered recently by the wolf. That night, Rod shows them the collar that Chinook ripped off the neck of the wolf, which suggests the animal is trained. At an inquest into the latest trapper's death, Andrée reveals that Henri left her and Louis a map of supposed treasures located in the white woods, where the wolf roams. When Andreé and Louis return to their cabin with Rod, they find that thieves have knocked out Chinook and stolen the map. They revive Chinook, and Andrée tells Rod about Henri's reputation for eccentricity and prospecting. When Rod brings Chinook into town the next day, the townspeople think the dog is the killer wolf and, led by trapper Biroff, beat up Rod. Physician F. J. McKenzie warns Rod to leave town, but Rod is determined to fight, and the next day he hears from a local Indian, White Eagle, about the legend surrounding the wolf, who is said to protect the silver mines of the white woods, land which used to be an Indian burial ground. When Rod and Chinook then go to the white woods, Biroff's thug Antoine follows and shoots Rod, who collapses and is rescued by Louis. Dr. McKenzie revives Rod and tells his nurse, Red Feather, to stay with him. As she eavesdrops, Rod, Louis and Andrée re-draw and decipher Henri's map. Rod leaves the next day to find a duplicate map at the nearby trading post, but discovers that someone has beaten him to it. Meanwhile, Biroff kills Antoine to keep him from talking, and dumps the body where the doctor finds it and declares that Chinook is the killer. As the townsmen descend on Chinook, Andrée urges the dog to run into the woods. Later, Louis sets off to kill the wolf and clear Chinook. When he gets to the white woods, Biroff and his men, Dupree and Baptiste, torture him. Louis will not reveal the location of the mines, however, so Biroff kidnaps Andrée with Red Feather's help, while Chinook watches, trapped in the kitchen. Rod returns to the cabin, and after Chinook leads him to the canoe, where Rod sees Andrée's necklace, they set off for the white woods. There, they ambush the outlaws as they are about to burn Andrée, but Dr. McKenzie sneaks up behind Rod and takes his gun away, revealing that he is the force behind a scheme to keep everyone away from the mines while he excavates them, using the trained killer wolf as his front. Chinook attacks Dr. McKenzie and, after a fight, Rod, Chinook, Andrée and Louis subdue the outlaws, who then are arrested by Rod. +

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