Northwest Passage (1940)

Northwest Passage (1940)




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This film is set in 1759, when Major Robert Rogers set out from the Colonies to seek out a northwest passage to the Pacific Ocean. Together with dozens of loyal followers, Rogers sets out and ends up battling Indians. Even though his quest failed, Rogers was lauded as a hero.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Western
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Spencer Tracy
as Major Rogers
Robert Young
as Langdon
Ruth Hussey
as Elizabeth
Montagu Love
as Clagett
Isabel Jewell
as Jennie
Hugh Sothern
as Beecham
Walter Brennan
as Marriner
Nat Pendleton
as Capt. Huff
Louis Hector
as Rev. Browne
Robert H. Barrat
as Humphrey Towne
Lumsden Hare
as Gen. Amherst
Donald MacBride
as Sgt. McNott
Douglas Walton
as Lt. Avery
Regis Toomey
as Webster
Lester Matthews
as Sam Livermore
Truman Bradley
as Capt. Ogden
Andrew Pena
as Konkapot
Tom London
as Ranger
Eddie Parker
as Ranger
Don Castle
as Richard Towne
Rychard Cramer
as Sheriff Packer
Rand Brooks
as Eben Towne
Kent Rogers
as Odiorne Towne
Verna Felton
as Mrs. Towne
Dick Cramer
as Sheriff Packer
Ray Teal
as Bradley McNeil
Edward Gargan
as Capt. Butterfield
Gwendolen Logan
as Mrs. Browne
John Merton
as Lt. Dunbar
Gibson Gowland
as MacPherson
Frank S. Hagney
as Capt. Grant
Gwendolyn Logan
as Mrs. Browne
Addie McPhail
as Jane Browne
Helen MacKellar
as Sarah Hadden
Arthur Ayleswofth
as Flint Innkeeper
Ted Oliver
as Farrington
R. Lawrence Porter
as Billy Indian Boy
Tony Guerrero
as Capt. Jacobs
Ferdinand Munier
as Stoodley
George Eldredge
as McMullen
Denis Green
as Capt. Williams
Frederic Worlock
as Sir William Johnson
Hank Worden
as Ranger
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Critic Reviews for Northwest Passage

All Critics (6)

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Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Top Critic

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A rousing adventure story of epic proportions.

Full Review… | May 11, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Surprisingly gritty, realistic MGM version of early pioneers led by Spencer Tracy's Rogers.

February 24, 2008

Audience Reviews for Northwest Passage

excellent historical drama of colonial America with Spencer Tracy, Robert Young and Walter Brennan showing their best characterizations

Reggie White
Reggie White

It's actually kinda graphic and might be seen as offensive to a few. The movie plays more like something out of the 50s or early 60s. It is in color with better than average cinematography and kinda preachy and a little campy like films of those times are. It is pretty gritty compared to most, though, and tells of an interesting period in history that is not covered in pop culture much (though liberties are of course taken - the combat is poor and the scale of the indian battle unrealistically large, and the costuming is also bad). All in all, the movie keeps your attention and is basically enjoyable, though it is not exactly intellectual. Sort of like a popcorn movie in today's terms.

Jason Dennis
Jason Dennis

Spencer Tracy is Bigger Than Life in this Role of Major Robert Rogers, I'd forgotten what a Powerful Actor he was till I saw this again the other day, this may be my favorite role for him, of many I've enjoyed.It's possible that the Character he was intrusted with playing ,was just "Such A Character" in the style of Daniel Boone or others with such Drive & Pioneer Adventure Spirit, but I don't think anyone could have embodied Major Rogers better.He was Part Indian Hunter,Tracker/Fighter part Explorer who lead men through unfathomable hardships & Indian Attacks.Robert Young was Amazing too as Langdon Towne , a privileged Harvard Scholar & Artist who dabbles in Map Making who gets tricked into intoxication by Rogers & end's up, along with his friend Hunk(Walter Brennan), on the unexpected adventure of a lifetime.A wonderful Story, Historically Based, & never boring.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

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