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Northern Pursuit (1943)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 13 November 1943 (USA)
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A Canadian Mountie of German descent feigns disaffection with his homeland in hopes of infiltrating and thwarting a Nazi sabotage plot.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Alvah Bessie (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Errol Flynn ... Cpl. Steve Wagner
Julie Bishop ... Laura McBain
Helmut Dantine ... Col. Hugo von Keller
John Ridgely ... Jim Austin
Gene Lockhart ... Ernst
Tom Tully ... Inspector Barnett
Bernard Nedell ... Tom Dagor
Warren Douglas ... Sergeant (scenes deleted)
Monte Blue ... Jean
Alec Craig ... Angus McBain
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Storyline

Canadian Mountie Steve Wagner captures a German Luftwaffe officer on a spy mission, who later escapes from the prison camp. To catch the spy ring, the Mounties employ a ruse so that the spies, believing Steve to be sympathetic, enlist him in their plans. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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A woman's lips set the frozen north aflame.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

To the Last Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Sun Valley, Idaho, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,938,000, 31 December 1943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,252,000, 31 December 1943
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although it seems far-fetched for a German sub to be inland within Canada, German U-boats were known to roam off Canada's east coast during the Second World War, destroying a passenger ferry between Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island and 23 Allied cargo vessels and warships in the Saint Lawrence River. In the 1980s, remnants of a World War II era German weather station were also discovered in Labrador. See more »

Goofs

Near the end the Nazis' plane is shown spiraling over and over in exterior shots, but in shots in the plane's interior it's going straight down, not spinning out of control. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Hugo von Keller: Say, have you ever flown a bomber?
Corporal Steve Wagner: No.
Colonel Hugo von Keller: Too bad! You've missed a great thrill. You come in high. You circle around, once, twice. You drop the bombs and see them hit the target!
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Featured in Hollywood on Trial (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond
(ca 1745) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played off-screen on piano at the hotel
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Flynn kicks 'em in the Axis!
18 October 2004 | by telepinus1525See all my reviews

Although not quite as gripping as "Desperate Journey", or as marvelously sprawling as "49th Parallel", this slick film is everything you could ask for in a WWII actioner--even more, with Errol Flynn teaming up with Raoul Walsh. The acting is good, and the direction is taut and entertaining, with writers Bessie and Gruber providing a suspenseful story line concerning a nazi spy(Dantine) captured in Canada by a Royal Mountie(Flynn), the spy's escape from prison camp, and Flynn's efforts to thwart Dantine's nefarious mission in the great white north(and a dastardly mission it is, too--those dirty Nazis!).

Adolph Deutsch scores a cleverly subtle soundtrack to raise the suspense quotient, as he did for "High Sierra" and "The Maltese Falcon". Just the "Kick 'em in the Axis" kind of movie to watch, if you've already seen and liked "Tartu" and "The Commandos Strike At Dawn".


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