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The Wild North (1952)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Western | 28 March 1952 (USA)
In the Canadian mountains, a trapper goes on the run accused of a crime, and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman of the Royal North-West Mounted Police.


Andrew Marton


Frank Fenton (story & screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Stewart Granger ... Jules Vincent
Wendell Corey ... Constable Pedley
Cyd Charisse ... Indian Girl
Morgan Farley ... Father Simon
J.M. Kerrigan ... Callahan
Howard Petrie ... Brody
Houseley Stevenson ... Old Man
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Sergeant
John War Eagle ... Indian Chief
Ray Teal ... Ruger
Clancy Cooper ... Sloan


Jules Vincent, a happy-go-lucky, outgoing French Canadian trapper in the wild Northwest, befriends a beautiful Native American girl, and although he makes an enemy of bully Max Brody, he agrees to travel with him. When Brody tries to kill them, Vincent kills him in self-defense. He is pursued by a by-the-book, idealistic Constable Pedley, who believes in the Mounties' credo "we always get our man." The country is rugged and fraught with dangers like white water rapids, avalanches, wolf packs and desperadoes. After capturing Vincent, the inexperienced Mountie finds he is in no shape to get back to civilization without Vincent's help. Pedley is torn between fulfilling his duty and freeing the man who has saved his life. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Only a god or a beast can beat the wilderness... and this man is a little of both! His bride is like some wild thing whom the trapper has captured and gentled with love! See more »


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Release Date:

28 March 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Big North See more »


Box Office


$1,282,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Spectacular adventure and romance in the white jungle of the North in which a trapper is pursued by an obstinate lawman
4 March 2014 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This colorful picture is set in the North wildness , in the Canadian mountains, , and specifically at the treacherous jungle of ice plenty of wild wolf attack , wild avalanche and a fight for life against fury of claws and fangs . A man called Jules Vincent (Stewart Granger) and an Indian woman (Cyd Charysse) hide from the world and join their love in the heart of the wilderness . There takes place a killing and Jules escapes being pursued by a merciless mounted police officer . As the trapper goes on the run accused of a crime and is pursued by a rugged and determined lawman . Both of whom will take on death struggle with a pack of wolves , thundering terror of the avalanche , wild rapids and many other things .

This exciting film deals with a Wild Love Story in the Wild North and contains adventures , thrills , an enjoyable romance and colorful outdoors well filmed by cameraman Robert Surtees who photographs splendidly the snowbound scenarios . It is nonetheless a little failed , being necessary a right remastering . Plenty of a Hollywood all-star cast as Stewart Granger, Cyd Charysse , and Wendell Corey ; however ordinary script complications muddle the tale . It was also Stewart Granger's first western , the fore-runner of many in the later stages of his career such as ¨Gun Glory¨ ¨North to Alaska¨ , ¨ The last hunt¨and ¨Old Surehand¨ saga . Cold and ills affected the crew and actors but they surprised for her resistance . Interesting though sometimes boring screenplay by Frank Fenton , an expert Western screenwriter who wrote successes such as ¨Ride Vaquero¨, ¨Escape from Fort Bravo¨ , ¨River of no return¨, ¨Garden of evil¨ and ¨The Jayhawkers¨. Special mention to musical score by the classical Bronislau Kaper , a great composer expert on impressive atmosphere in Noir cinema and epic films . Filmed on location in exciting color , all grandeur of the wilderness captured in breathtaking Ansco color ; in fact , this was MGM's first movie in Ansco color , a brilliant process which they developed themselves . The new technical coped specifically well with the impressive scenery filmed on location in Jenny Lake, Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming, and Idaho , USA .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Andrew Marton , though with no originality and some moments result to be a little tiring . The Budapest-born Marton came to Hollywood with the great Ernest Lubitsch in 1923 . Director Andrew Marton likes lots of big , noisy explosions , when he doesn't know what else to do . Andrew was noted for the quality of his action images in such films as ¨King Salomon's mines¨, a noteworthy movie in several respects . Marton was a specialist on Wartime movies as : ¨The thin red line¨ , ¨The longest day ¨and adventure movies as ¨African Texas style¨, ¨Around the world under the sea¨, ¨Clarence , the cross-eyed lion¨, ¨Green fire¨ a film hardly distinguished on itself , and ¨King Salomon's mines¨(1950) co-directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Marton directed the second unit , he then was tasked with replacing Compton Bennett as director after the latter had been taken ill . One of his more prestigious assignments came about by chance to lay in some excellent work as second-unit director , notably in charge of the chariot race for William Wyler's ¨Ben-Hur¨ (1959), as well as of the Normandy invasion sequences for the World War II . After his contract with MGM expired in 1954, Marton founded his own production company in conjunction with fellow Hungarian émigrés Ivan Tors and Laslo Benedek . He later concentrated on TV adventure series, helming the pilots, respectively for "Daktari" (1966) and "Cowboy in Africa" .

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