The Wolf Hunters (1949)

68 or 70 mins | Drama | 30 October 1949

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HISTORY

The onscreen title reads: "James Oliver Curwood's The Wolf Hunters ." Although the characters played by Jan Clayton and Edward Norris are called "Renée" and "Paul Latrec" in the film, the Var review lists them as "Greta" and "Henri." According to a Jul 1949 HR news item, Jimmie Davis was originally to star in this film. A Sep 1949 HR news item notes that location shooting took place at Cedar Lake, CA. Curwood's novel was first filmed in 1926 as The Wolf Hunters by Ben Wilson Productions, directed by Stuart Paton and starring Robert McKim and Virginia Browne (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6450) and was remade by Monogram in 1934 as The Trail Beyond (see AFI Catalog Feature Films 1931-40 ; F3.4727). For additional information on the "Chinook" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for Trail of the Yukon ... More Less

The onscreen title reads: "James Oliver Curwood's The Wolf Hunters ." Although the characters played by Jan Clayton and Edward Norris are called "Renée" and "Paul Latrec" in the film, the Var review lists them as "Greta" and "Henri." According to a Jul 1949 HR news item, Jimmie Davis was originally to star in this film. A Sep 1949 HR news item notes that location shooting took place at Cedar Lake, CA. Curwood's novel was first filmed in 1926 as The Wolf Hunters by Ben Wilson Productions, directed by Stuart Paton and starring Robert McKim and Virginia Browne (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.6450) and was remade by Monogram in 1934 as The Trail Beyond (see AFI Catalog Feature Films 1931-40 ; F3.4727). For additional information on the "Chinook" series, please consult the Series Index and See Entry for Trail of the Yukon More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jul 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 49
p. 22.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 49
pp. 9-10.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Oct 49
p. 42.
Variety
8 Feb 50
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Lindsley Parsons Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITOR
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Set cont
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel The Wolf Hunters
A Tale of Adventure in the Wilderness by James Oliver Curwood (Indianapolis, 1908).
SONGS
"Alouette," traditional
"Sleep, Baby, Sleep," words and music by John J. Handley.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
James Oliver Curwood's The Wolf Hunters
Release Date:
30 October 1949
Production Date:
late August--early September 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
30 October 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2666
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 70
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the Canadian Northwest, Paul Latrec, a French-Canadian fur trapper, finds the murdered bodies of fellow trapper Gaston LaFontaine and his wife in their cabin, their furs missing and their infant baby abandoned. Paul takes the infant to town to be reared by with his sweetheart Renée and there reports the murders to J. L. McTavish, the factor of the trading post. McTavish, who lusts after Renée, is secretly in league with the LaFontaines' murderer, Muskoka, who has stashed the stolen furs in the ice house behind the trading post. Planning to frame Paul for the murders, McTavish offers him $500 to deliver the furs to a trading post on the other side of the mountains. As Paul traverses the treacherous mountain pass, Muskoka follows, dispatched by McTavish to kill Paul. Meanwhile, Mountie Rod Webb and his trusty white dog Chinook arrive to investigate the rash of thefts and murders that have been plaguing the area. When Muskoka shoots Paul, Chinook and Rod hear the gunfire and rush to determine its source. Chinook arrives first and lunges at Muskoka, ripping a patch from his jacket and sending him scurrying into the woods for cover. While Rod nurses the wounded Paul back to health in the woods, Edward Cameron, the superintendent of the trading post, arrives in town to examine McTavish's books and becomes alarmed at the losses incurred because of the robberies. Cameron's shrewish wife Marcia, meanwhile, criticizes the housekeeping of McTavish's Indian servant Minnetaki and demands her immediate dismissal. Learning of Minnetaki's plight, the sympathetic Renée invites her to live in her cabin and help care for the baby. After ... +


In the Canadian Northwest, Paul Latrec, a French-Canadian fur trapper, finds the murdered bodies of fellow trapper Gaston LaFontaine and his wife in their cabin, their furs missing and their infant baby abandoned. Paul takes the infant to town to be reared by with his sweetheart Renée and there reports the murders to J. L. McTavish, the factor of the trading post. McTavish, who lusts after Renée, is secretly in league with the LaFontaines' murderer, Muskoka, who has stashed the stolen furs in the ice house behind the trading post. Planning to frame Paul for the murders, McTavish offers him $500 to deliver the furs to a trading post on the other side of the mountains. As Paul traverses the treacherous mountain pass, Muskoka follows, dispatched by McTavish to kill Paul. Meanwhile, Mountie Rod Webb and his trusty white dog Chinook arrive to investigate the rash of thefts and murders that have been plaguing the area. When Muskoka shoots Paul, Chinook and Rod hear the gunfire and rush to determine its source. Chinook arrives first and lunges at Muskoka, ripping a patch from his jacket and sending him scurrying into the woods for cover. While Rod nurses the wounded Paul back to health in the woods, Edward Cameron, the superintendent of the trading post, arrives in town to examine McTavish's books and becomes alarmed at the losses incurred because of the robberies. Cameron's shrewish wife Marcia, meanwhile, criticizes the housekeeping of McTavish's Indian servant Minnetaki and demands her immediate dismissal. Learning of Minnetaki's plight, the sympathetic Renée invites her to live in her cabin and help care for the baby. After Muskoka reports back that he has successfully eliminated Paul, McTavish informs Cameron and Renée that Paul sold the furs and absconded with the proceeds. Soon after, Paul and Rod appear at Renée's cabin. When Renée tells Paul that McTavish accused him of stealing the furs, Rod, suspicious, instructs Paul to stay out of sight while he visits McTavish. After Rod leaves, Paul lets Chinook out of the house and Muskoka recognizes the dog as his assailant. When Muskoka goes to McTavish's office to report Chinook's presence, Marcia recognizes him as the furtive figure she saw in the woods and suspects that he and McTavish are involved in some sort of illegal activties. Muskoka follows Rod back to Renée's house and spies Paul from the window. After Rod departs, Muskoka hurls a knife into Paul's back, but only wounds him. The next day, McTavish sees Chinook romping around town and realizes that Paul must still be alive. Deciding to set a trap for the murderer, Rod shows McTavish the scrap of material that Chinook seized from the jacket of Paul's assailant. That night, Muskoka slips into the cabin and steals the patch. The next morning, Rod appears at the trading post with Paul and proclaims Paul's innocence. Afterward, Rod searches Muskoka's cabin and finds the ashes from the coat he tried to burn in the fireplace. Meanwhile, Renée and Minnetaki go to the trading place for supplies. When Minnetaki returns to the cabin alone, she is threatened by Muskoka, causing Chinook to attack him. As man and dog tangle, Minnetaki grabs the baby and flees. After Chinook chases Muskoka into the woods, Renée returns and, finding a puddle of blood on the floor and the baby missing, assumes that Chinook killed the baby. Renée charges Chinook with murder, and sends Paul after the dog. Gravely injured by Chinook's attack, Muskoka, meanwhile, collapses in the woods and is found by Rod. With his dying breath, Muskoka identifies McTavish as the man behind the robberies and murders. Soon after, Minnetaki returns the baby to Renée, who realizing her mistake, hurries to apologize to Chinook. After Rod comes to the trading post in search of McTavish, Marcia warns McTavish that the Mountie knows he is the killer. McTavish flees into the woods and is pursued by Chinook and Rod. After a rousing fight in the river bed, Rod routs McTavish and brings him to justice. +

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