Northwest Outpost (1947)

90-91 or 95 mins | Musical | 25 June 1947

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were End of the Rainbow and Will Tomorrow Ever Come . A written onscreen foreword to the film explains that the American G.I. Chorus "was organized by Major Herbert Wall and is composed entirely of Ex-G.I.s who served on every battlefield of the world during World War II. These men are the proud bearers of 152 decorations awarded by the various branches of the Armed Forces in which they served." Northwest Outpost , which was the last of three films in which Ilona Massey and Nelson Eddy co-starred, marked Eddy's last appearance in a feature film. This film may have marked the first time that actor Jay Silverheels, best known for portraying "Tonto" in The Lone Ranger television series in the 1950s, acted under that name. Previously he had been billed as Harry "Silverheels" Smith. motion picture debut in this ... More Less

The working titles of this film were End of the Rainbow and Will Tomorrow Ever Come . A written onscreen foreword to the film explains that the American G.I. Chorus "was organized by Major Herbert Wall and is composed entirely of Ex-G.I.s who served on every battlefield of the world during World War II. These men are the proud bearers of 152 decorations awarded by the various branches of the Armed Forces in which they served." Northwest Outpost , which was the last of three films in which Ilona Massey and Nelson Eddy co-starred, marked Eddy's last appearance in a feature film. This film may have marked the first time that actor Jay Silverheels, best known for portraying "Tonto" in The Lone Ranger television series in the 1950s, acted under that name. Previously he had been billed as Harry "Silverheels" Smith. motion picture debut in this film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
17 May 1947.
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Daily Variety
8 May 47
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 May 47
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 47
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Nov 47
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
17 May 1947.
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New York Times
8 Aug 47
p. 10.
Variety
14 May 47
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2nd unit dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
MUSIC
Orig mus score comp
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
SOURCES
MUSIC
Traditional Russian church music: "Slava (Praise)" and "Paskha Nova (New Easter)."
SONGS
"Weary," "Nearer and Dearer," "Love Is the Time," "Tell Me with Your Eyes," "Raindrops on a Drum" and "One More Mile to Go," music by Rudolf Friml, lyrics by Edward Heyman.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
End of the Rainbow
Will Tomorrow Ever Come
Release Date:
25 June 1947
Production Date:
late October--mid December 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
18 June 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1111
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90-91 or 95
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12216
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the 1830s, at their home at Fort Ross, a Russian colony near California's Russian River, Prince Nickolai Balinin and his wife, Princess Tanya, welcome Natalie Alanova, a young woman who has just arrived from Russia. Although Natalie claims to have come for her health, the princess suspects otherwise. That evening, Natalie and her maid Olga hear a gang of singing convicts and anxiously scan the group for Natalie's husband, Count Igor Savin, whom Natalie was forced to marry for political reasons. In the garden of his home, the prince tells Natalie that Jim Laurence, an ex-American army captain who now works for the prince, will need to validate her emigration papers, explaining that the fort will soon come under Laurence's command. When Laurence arrives, he examines Natalie's papers, but refuses to sign them when he realizes that the Russian signature has been forged. Later, the warden of the chain gang, Volkoff, whips a prisoner until Laurence confiscates the whip and throws it into the bushes. The whip startles Natalie's horse, which bolts, but Laurence rescues her. She then asks him why he has not turned her over to the authorities and explains that she had to forge the signature on her papers because of her father's political enemies. Several hours later, Natalie and Laurence see a convict ship arrive and Laurence asks if she knows Savin, who is on board, but she claims that she does not. Later an alarm is sounded and Laurence leaves to fight the Indians. Natalie goes to see Savin, who threatens to have Natalie's father killed by turning him in to the czar if she ... +


In the 1830s, at their home at Fort Ross, a Russian colony near California's Russian River, Prince Nickolai Balinin and his wife, Princess Tanya, welcome Natalie Alanova, a young woman who has just arrived from Russia. Although Natalie claims to have come for her health, the princess suspects otherwise. That evening, Natalie and her maid Olga hear a gang of singing convicts and anxiously scan the group for Natalie's husband, Count Igor Savin, whom Natalie was forced to marry for political reasons. In the garden of his home, the prince tells Natalie that Jim Laurence, an ex-American army captain who now works for the prince, will need to validate her emigration papers, explaining that the fort will soon come under Laurence's command. When Laurence arrives, he examines Natalie's papers, but refuses to sign them when he realizes that the Russian signature has been forged. Later, the warden of the chain gang, Volkoff, whips a prisoner until Laurence confiscates the whip and throws it into the bushes. The whip startles Natalie's horse, which bolts, but Laurence rescues her. She then asks him why he has not turned her over to the authorities and explains that she had to forge the signature on her papers because of her father's political enemies. Several hours later, Natalie and Laurence see a convict ship arrive and Laurence asks if she knows Savin, who is on board, but she claims that she does not. Later an alarm is sounded and Laurence leaves to fight the Indians. Natalie goes to see Savin, who threatens to have Natalie's father killed by turning him in to the czar if she will not use her influence with Laurence to help him escape. As the Russians prepare for Easter celebrations, Lawrence returns, angry that Natalie has not yet returned home. Natalie sends Laurence a note asking him to meet her at the Easter feast, where he gives her the cross of St. George which the czar awarded him. She decides not to ask him for help and instead gives Savin all her jewels, including Savin's own cross of St. George, so that he can bribe Volkoff. Natalie tries to tell Laurence the truth about her relationship to Savin when word of his escape arrives, but before she can speak, Laurence and his men leave to search for Savin and Volkoff. As they escape, Volkoff shoots Laurence, who falls and hits his head on a rock and is knocked unconscious. Laurence's scout recovers the jewels and Laurence mistakes Savin's cross for his own. The next day, Laurence arranges for Natalie and Olga to leave on the next cargo ship bound for the Orient. When the two board, they discover Savin and Volkoff hiding out in their cabin, and when a Russian soldier sees Savin on board, he reports back to the prince. When the prince and princess arrive with Laurence, Savin pulls a gun, but Laurence kills Savin and Volkoff, and they all return to Fort Ross. +

Legend
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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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