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Northern Pursuit (1943)





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Set during WW II, this north-of-the-border adventure tells the tale of a loyal Canadian Mountie who mysteriously decides to reclaim his German heritage and help Nazi saboteurs make it through the wilderness to their secret operations base in Hudson Bay. Fortunately, everything is not as it seems.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Western , Romance
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Errol Flynn
as Steve Wagner
Julie Bishop
as Laura McBain
Helmut Dantine
as Col. Hugo von Keller
John Ridgely
as Jim Austen
Tom Tully
as Inspector Barnett
Warren Douglas
as Sergeant
Monte Blue
as Jean
Alec Craig
as Angus McBain
Tom Fadden
as Hobby
Carl Harbaugh
as Radio Operator
Glen Cavender
as Workman
Fred Kelsey
as Conductor
Ben Erway
as Immigration Officer
Robert Ashley
as German Ski Trooper
Robert Dayne
as German Ski Trooper
Cliff Storey
as German Ski Trooper
Eddie Searles
as German Ski Trooper
Arno Frey
as Submarine Captain
Pat Moriarity
as Recruiting Sergeant
Jimmie Dugan
as Mountie
John Alvin
as Orderly
Martin Noble
as German Cook
John Forsythe
as Soldier
Robert Kent
as Soldier
Sam Waagenaar
as German Assistant Cook
Richard Allord
as Preisser
Clay Martin
as Nazi Soldier
Bob Gary
as Nazi Soldier
Hugh Prosser
as Corporal
Milton Kibbee
as Hotel Clerk
George Kirby
as Hotel Clerk
Russell Hicks
as Chief Inspector
Charles Marsh
as Man in Camel Hair Coat
Arthur E. Gould-Porter
as Little Man on Train
Jim Farley
as Turnkey
Ken Christy
as Warden
Paul Irving
as Lawyer
George Sherwood
as Ticket Seller
Bill Kennedy
as Mountie
Richard Allen
as Heinzmann
George Lynn
as Johnson the Mountie
Guy Kingsford
as Campbell the Mountie
James Millican
as Army Driver
Joe Herrera
as Indian
Joe Haworth
as Mountie
James Dugan
as Mounty
John Royce
as German Aviator
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Critic Reviews for Northern Pursuit

All Critics (2)

Spy thriller in Northern Canada, with some good Raoul Walsh touches.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Beautifully staged over the snow-covered fields of northern Canada.

Full Review… | June 24, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Northern Pursuit


A cool (no pun intended) spy thriller that pits Errol Flynn against the Nazis in the unlikeliest of places, northern Canada.

Vincent Hannam
Vincent Hannam

NOT a western genre film per RT. Interesting plot with a propaganda slant. War II suspense story set in the snowy, very snowbound Canada. Wear a coat. [img][/img] While this appears to be a love-danger story, its not a romance story except at the very end Oddly, William Falkner had an uncredited role in writing the film. THIS IS NOT a WESTERN !!!!! RT goofs AGAIN! Northern Pursuit is a 1943 World War II film starring Errol Flynn as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who tries to uncover a Nazi plot against the Allied war effort. The movie was set in Canada and directed by Raoul Walsh. German aviator is landed by submarine in the wilds of snowy Canada during WWII. He is rescued after an avalanche by the Royal Mounted Police. He was never actually pursued at all. Royal Mountie Errol Flynn, of German ancestory himself, tries to gain the confidence of the German colonel aviator. The German Colonel kills anyone he pleases including native Indians and a loyal contact he makes in Canada. The ski scenes and scenery are both pretty good, except for the close-up shots. In fact, all the close-up shots are done on a set and look pretty fake. Long shots are great. No location photography took place in Canada. [img][/img] Flynn shown here quitting the Royal Police as a cover to penetrate the German plot in Canada Flynn is successful in gaining access to the German camp where the colonel runs the show. But he is revealed as a loyal Canadian and has to shoot his way out of the camp to escape. The ending is about as silly as it gets, but I guess they had to finish the film. Short of the last 10 minutes, its a film worth watching for Flynn fans or dog sled types. [img][/img] NOTES: 1 Hearing Flynn speak Indian to the native tribe is laughable, but its not supposed to be. 2 The ruthless, colonel bomber pilot is a veteran actor who in reality fled from Austria as a felon and went to California to perform on stage. 3 While titled Northern Pursuit, there is no real pursuit of anyone. The German colonel is rescued after an avalance and is then discovered to be a German aviator. Flynn gains the confidence of the German invader and just tags along for the ride to destroy the plans of the Germans. [img][/img] Director Walsh who was close to Flynn as a friend 4 During the production, Flynn took ill in May 1943, collapsing on the set and being hospitalized for a week. The studio released information indicating he had a "upper respiratory ailment," but he was battling tuberculosis. Reception: Although similar to other Flynn "swashbucklers", the public and critical reaction was mixed. Bosley Crowther of The New York Times considered it "old business" for the star, and the production "came huffing and puffing" to the Strand Theatre in New York for its premiere. Cast Errol Flynn as RCMP Corporal Steve Wagner Julie Bishop as Laura McBain Helmut Dantine as Colonel Hugo von Keller John Ridgely as Jim Austin Gene Lockhart as Ernst Willis Tom Tully as Inspector Barnett Bernard Nedell as Tom Dagor Monte Blue as Jean Alec Craig as Angus McBain Rose Higgins as Rose Dagor Directed by Raoul Walsh Produced by Jack Chertok Written by Leslie T. White (story) Frank Gruber Alvah Bessie William Faulkner (uncredited) Distributed by Warner Bros. Release date(s) November 13, 1943 (1943-11-13) Running time 93 minutes Country United States [img][/img]

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