Northern Pursuit (1943)

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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.

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  • Errol Flynn and Julie Bishop in Northern Pursuit (1943)
  • Errol Flynn in Northern Pursuit (1943)
  • Errol Flynn, Julie Bishop, and Helmut Dantine in Northern Pursuit (1943)
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18 October 2004 | telepinus1525
Flynn kicks 'em in the Axis!
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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Did You Know?


Errol Flynn was criticized for playing heroes in World War II movies. Tony Thomas in his book "Errol Flynn: The Spy Who Never Was" states that Flynn had tried to enlist in every branch of any armed services he could but was rejected as unfit for service on the grounds of his health. Flynn had a heart condition, tuberculosis, malaria and a back problem. Flynn felt he could contribute to America's war effort by appearing in such films as Edge of Darkness (1943), Northern Pursuit (1943), Dive Bomber (1941), Objective, Burma! (1945) and Uncertain Glory (1944). Reportedly, Flynn was at his most professional and co-operative ever was while working on World War II movies. WB apparently did not discuss the state of Flynn's health, as they wished to keep it quiet for fear that it would damage his box-office draw.


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!


When the German submarine surfaces we can see a cable (a "jumping wire") running from the bow up to the conning tower. Then down the back side of the conning tower to the stern. The jumping wire should be taut as its purpose is to prevent anti-submarine cables, nets, etc. from snagging on the various fixtures on the top of the boat. It also should be the upper most point on the boat. In the pictures it is neither taut nor the upper most point.


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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Adventure | Drama | Romance | War

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