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Northwest Rangers (1942)

Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman (as Joe Newman)

Writers:

Gordon Kahn (screenplay), David Lang (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Craig ... Frank 'Blackie' Marshall
William Lundigan ... James Kevin Gardiner
Patricia Dane ... Jean Avery
John Carradine ... Martin Caswell
Jack Holt ... Duncan Frazier
Keenan Wynn ... 'Slip' O'Mara
Grant Withers ... Fowler
Darryl Hickman ... 'Blackie' - as a Boy
Drew Roddy Drew Roddy ... Jim - as a Boy
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Boyhood friends grow up into different professions, one a dedicated Royal Canadian Mountie, the other a notorious if well liked gambler.

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Taglines:

DANCE HALL GIRLS! GAMBLERS! GUN-BLAZING ACTION! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambler's Choice See more »

Filming Locations:

Idyllwild, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature-film debut of director Joseph M. Newman. See more »

Quotes

'Slip' O'Mara: [Slip shows the gamblers their roulette wheel has been rigged] Caswell's been pickin' you all as cleaner than an Armenian can pick a fried hen!
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Connections

Remake of Manhattan Melodrama (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

That Good for Nothin' Man of Mine
(1942)
Music and lyrics by Earl K. Brent and Ralph Freed
Played by the band in the Topaz and sung by Patricia Dane (uncredited)
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John Carradine steals another one
18 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1942's "Northwest Rangers" was MGM's streamlined 'B' remake of their own "Manhattan Melodrama," with James Craig suitably cast as Clark Gable's Blackie, but William Lundigan a woeful replacement in the William Powell good guy part. The 1934 original ran a full 93 minutes, this programmer a meager 64, but its predictability is really an asset, the boyhood friends Jim and Blackie orphaned by an Indian attack, subsequently reared by dedicated Mountie Duncan Frazier (Jack Holt), who proves unable to curb Blackie's gambling ways, while inspiring Jim to follow in his law abiding footsteps. Best of all is John Carradine, cast in typical villainous mode as Martin Caswell, owner of notorious gambling den The Topaz, who makes the mistake of humiliating the young Blackie at the roulette wheel, only to have the adult Blackie return years later to claim The Topaz for his own by denying Caswell his cheating ways. Carradine's scene stealing work keep things from getting dull, though they do slow to a crawl whenever he's offscreen (the best 'honest' hand wins!). In only his third feature film, Keenan Wynn does very well as Blackie's fast talking accomplice, but leading lady Patricia Dane proves to be no match for Myrna Loy, quickly returning to obscurity after Abbott and Costello's "Rio Rita." Among the unbilled extras are several faces familiar on television decades later- Jim Davis (as a Mountie sharing a scene with Jack Holt), Hugh (LEAVE IT TO BEAVER) Beaumont (a Mountie opposite William Lundigan), and perennial Jewish mother Kay Medford, unaccountably young and pretty as the showgirl that first greets Blackie upon his return to The Topaz (she calls him 'Cookie!'). Carradine would later star opposite James Craig in 1969's "Bigfoot," and with Darryl Hickman, former co-star in "The Grapes of Wrath" (as the youngest Joad, Winfield), in a 1959 GUNSMOKE, "Target," cast as father and son.


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