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Before the opening credits role, a closeup is shown of an insignia which reads "Canada-Maintain the Right-Northwest Mounted Police." The onscreen credits read " Cecil B. DeMille's North West Mounted Police. " According to news items in HR , De Mille negotiated with Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh to play the role of Louvette. A Var news item noted that De Mille had also considered his daughter Katherine for the role. Joel McCrea, John Wayne and Cary Grant were also considered for the male lead in the picture. Other items in HR note that writers Frank Wead and Jeanie MacPherson worked on a version of the script, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The world premiere of the film was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, the birthplace of the Northwest Mounted Police. This was De Mille's first technicolor film, and editor Anne Bauchens won an Academy Award for Best Editing. In 1942, Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of the ... More Less

Before the opening credits role, a closeup is shown of an insignia which reads "Canada-Maintain the Right-Northwest Mounted Police." The onscreen credits read " Cecil B. DeMille's North West Mounted Police. " According to news items in HR , De Mille negotiated with Marlene Dietrich and Vivien Leigh to play the role of Louvette. A Var news item noted that De Mille had also considered his daughter Katherine for the role. Joel McCrea, John Wayne and Cary Grant were also considered for the male lead in the picture. Other items in HR note that writers Frank Wead and Jeanie MacPherson worked on a version of the script, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. The world premiere of the film was held in Regina, Saskatchewan, the birthplace of the Northwest Mounted Police. This was De Mille's first technicolor film, and editor Anne Bauchens won an Academy Award for Best Editing. In 1942, Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard starred in a Lux Radio Theater version of the story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
22 Oct 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Oct 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Dec 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Feb 40
p. 25.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Feb 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Sep 40
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 40
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Oct 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
22 Oct 40
pp. 1-4.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Oct 40
p. 34.
New York Times
7 Nov 40
p. 3.
New York Times
10 Nov 40
p. 5.
Variety
23 Oct 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Cecil B. De Mille's
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Process photog
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Dial supv
Military and mounted police supv
Military and mounted police supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Color art dir
Assoc
SOURCES
SONGS
"Does the Moon Shine Through the Tall Pine?" words and music by Frank Loesser and Victor Young.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Cecil B. DeMille's North West Mounted Police
Release Date:
27 December 1940
Premiere Information:
world premiere in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: 21 October 1940
Production Date:
began 5 March 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 November 1940
Copyright Number:
LP10061
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
125
Length(in feet):
11,301
Length(in reels):
13
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6261
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the Canadian Northwest of 1885, whiskey runner Jacques Corbeau recruits schoolteacher Louis Riel to lead a revolt of half-breeds against the encroaching settlement of the white people who are being protected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Meanwhile, at the fort feelings run strong between Corbeau's hot-blooded young daughter Louvette and Constable Ronnie Logan, and Logan's sister April, a government nurse and Sergeant Jim Brett. Into this tense situation rides Dusty Rivers, a Texas Ranger on the trail of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder in Texas. A rivalry develops between Jim and Dusty over April, but after the half-breeds steal a Gattling gun, the differences between the two men are forgotten as Dusty escorts April to safety at Batoche, the rebel capital, while Jim rides to the Indian camp to prevent Corbeau from inciting the Indians to war. At Batoche, Riel sends Dusty into a trap at the Indian camp where the half-breed convinces Chief Big Bear to go on the warpath in return for the uniforms of the redcoats whom he will kill. Meanwhile, Ronnie and Constable Jerry Moore ride to Duck Lake to protect the 10,000 rounds of ammunition that the panicky settlers have left behind. When one of April's grateful Indian patients warns the nurse that the half-breeds are planning a massacre at Duck Lake, April begs Louvette to sneak through the lines and warn Ronnie. Instead, Louvette tricks Ronnie into deserting his post and holds him captive while his friends are killed. After the massacre, Jim orders Dusty to accompany April and the wounded to the river and await reinforcements while he rides with his ... +


In the Canadian Northwest of 1885, whiskey runner Jacques Corbeau recruits schoolteacher Louis Riel to lead a revolt of half-breeds against the encroaching settlement of the white people who are being protected by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Meanwhile, at the fort feelings run strong between Corbeau's hot-blooded young daughter Louvette and Constable Ronnie Logan, and Logan's sister April, a government nurse and Sergeant Jim Brett. Into this tense situation rides Dusty Rivers, a Texas Ranger on the trail of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder in Texas. A rivalry develops between Jim and Dusty over April, but after the half-breeds steal a Gattling gun, the differences between the two men are forgotten as Dusty escorts April to safety at Batoche, the rebel capital, while Jim rides to the Indian camp to prevent Corbeau from inciting the Indians to war. At Batoche, Riel sends Dusty into a trap at the Indian camp where the half-breed convinces Chief Big Bear to go on the warpath in return for the uniforms of the redcoats whom he will kill. Meanwhile, Ronnie and Constable Jerry Moore ride to Duck Lake to protect the 10,000 rounds of ammunition that the panicky settlers have left behind. When one of April's grateful Indian patients warns the nurse that the half-breeds are planning a massacre at Duck Lake, April begs Louvette to sneak through the lines and warn Ronnie. Instead, Louvette tricks Ronnie into deserting his post and holds him captive while his friends are killed. After the massacre, Jim orders Dusty to accompany April and the wounded to the river and await reinforcements while he rides with his six remaining men to quell the Indian uprising. Arriving just as Corbeau is bragging about his massacre of the redcoats, Jim's appearance causes the chief to call off the war, and Jim arrests Corbeau. Once the reinforcements arrive, Dusty rides off to destroy the Gattling gun and locate the missing Ronnie. Finding the disconsolate Ronnie in Louvette's tent, Dusty convinces him to return and face punishment. An angry Louvette pays an Indian to kill Dusty, whom he calls "the white man on the horse," but when Ronnie rides off on Dusty's horse, he dies in the lawman's stead. Dusty takes Ronnie's body back to the fort, arriving just in time to give credit to Ronnie for destroying the Gattling gun, thus exonerating the dead soldier's name. With peace restored, Dusty tricks Corbeau and takes him back to Texas to stand trial, and Jim settles down with April. +

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