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Hudson's Bay (1941)





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This sweeping drama chronicles the foundation a Canadian institution: the Hudson's Bay Trading Company. Set in the 17th century when the fur trade was at its peak the story centers on Radisson, a far-sighted entrepreneurial fur trapper, and his sidekick who dream of establishing a major trading post on the title bay. Opportunity arises when they encounter an exiled British aristocrat and begin teaching him frontier ways. He in turn has them travel to England with him. There the determined Radisson, must first convince King Charles that the proposed post would be a lucrative venture. The king eventually agrees to fund the first post and Radisson, his partner and the aristocrat return to the Canadian frontier. The company gets off to a good start until the aristocrat's brother-in-law gets drunk and kills a native thereby nearly starting a war that Radisson averts by having the drunken killer killed. The nobleman is outraged and as soon as the three return to England to give a report to the King, he has the two trappers placed in prison. Fortunately, Radisson is able to appeal to the King's greed by telling him that the heretofore successful trading post will collapse without the two of them and they return to Canada to found a business empire that is still going strong today.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Special Interest
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Paul Muni
as Pierre Esprit Radisson
Gene Tierney
as Barbara Hall
Laird Cregar
as Gooseberry
John Sutton
as Lord Edward Crewe
Virginia Field
as Nell Gwynn
Vincent Price
as King Charles
Nigel Bruce
as Prince Rupert
Montagu Love
as Governor D'Argenson
Morton Lowry
as Gerald Hall
Robert Greig
as Sir Robert
Frederic Worlock
as English Governor
Ian Wolfe
as Mayor
Jody Gilbert
as Germaine
Jean Del Val
as Captain
Eugene Borden
as Sentry
John Rogers
as Sailor
Jo Gilbert
as Germaine
Robert Cory
as Orderly
Denis D'Auburn
as Councillor
Eric Wilton
as Councillor
Florence Bates
as Duchess (scenes deleted)
Lumsden Hare
as Capt. Alan MacKinnon (uncredited)
Lionel Pape
as Groom of the Chamber (uncredited)
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They put you in jail for having money? Pierre Espirit Radisson believes the next great land to be concurred and colonized is around the Hudson Bay. He would like a peaceful resolution to colonizing the land and believes it can be done so through a truce between the white man and the Indians. He works with the French and the British to establish who is best suited for the land. "I have two fiancées but that doesn't stop me from making my money." Irving Pichel, director of Santa Fe, Martin Luther, The Pied Piper, Before Dawn, Earthbound, and The Bride Wore Boots, delivers Hudson's Bay. The storyline for this picture is interesting and delivered in a historically loose manner. The scenery and premise is fascinating and the acting is solid. The script is a bit cheesy and preachy. The cast includes Vincent Price, Paul Muni, John Sutton, and Gene Tierney. "New York is a British possession." I DVR'd this picture because it starred Vincent Price. Actually, Price had just a minor role but Paul Muni was excellent as the lead character. The film actually reminded me of another Price picture, Brigham Young. Overall, this is worth watching but is far from my favorite Price picture. "There are big people and little people everywhere." Grade: C+

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