Wednesday, July 2, 2014

War Movie Wednesday - North West Mounted Police


Little change of pace this week as we head to the Canadian frontier of the 1880's  In the days when the North West Mounted Police were an earlier version of today's Mounties and trouble was brewing among the Métis (Frenchy types) and the native Cree in the form North-West Rebellion with everyone else caught in between.

"Dusty Rivers? Isn't that a contradiction in terms?"

Directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the aptly named North West Mounted Police stars Gary Cooper and Madeleine Carroll.  The film also co-stars Paulette Goddard, Preston Foster, Robert Preston, Akim Tamiroff, and Lon Chaney, Jr..  Nominated for five Academy Awards (Won Best Film Editing), the movie is a mix of action, adventure, drama, love triangles, treachery, and tragedy with many lighthearted bits thrown in.

"So your answer is "NO" then?"

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers (Cooper) has come north looking for the outlaw Jacques Corbeau, the same man Sergeant Jim Brett (Foster) is after.  An uneasy alliance is formed, but our heroes soon find themselves in the midst of a rebellion where friend or foe is not always determined by your accent!

Women, the real trouble makers!

For me this was an enjoyable movie for its unique period subject matter alone.  Used to seeing Cooper in serious no nonsense westerns, it was fun to see him in a more lighthearted humorous role.  Although modern audiences may find the obvious fake indoor filmed "outdoor" scenes and bright Technicolor uniforms a bit campy, I really find it part of the charm.  Back when movies had to create "the illusion" without the help of CGI.  I hope you will enjoy it too!  :-)

North West Mounted Police (1940)

NOTE:  War Movie Wednesday is an opportunity for me to feature a few of my favorite war/war related movies on the blog.  Maybe not technically the "best" war movies or even "great" movies, but films I've enjoyed for one reason or another.  Interesting and entertaining enough to watch during hobby time at least.  Something that can be found for free on YouTube and played on your computer or similar gadget sitting by your hobby area.  Unfortunately these posts are also limited in choice and quality by what I can find on YouTube, which also includes putting up with subtitles from time to time.



  1. MUA !!! I love this movie so much !
    It´s the movie of my childhood and my "red tunic" loving. All boys in my street love the "blues" or the "greys" but i was the "Red Lover Boy"
    Bloody good old movie. Gary Cooper in his second best role (after High Noon with grace gelly).

    1. Definitely is a fun movie to watch!

      Apparently there's not much love from anyone else for Cooper and his Canuck friends this week. :-(


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