26 January 2019 | ma-cortes
Universal Pictures Production with stunning color cinematography and attractive outdoors
It is set in Western Canada , in the wonderful Saskatchewan region with its lush forests and wild rivers . A Mountie constable of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police called Thomas O'Rourke : Alan Ladd and his Indian partner , Jay Silverheels , encounter a fired wagon train , at the same time they meet a wounded woman and sole survivor named Grace : Shelley Winters . Meanwhile, Sioux commanded by chiefs Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse have vanquished George Armstrong Custer's 7th cavalry in 1876 , and they go across the border . Sioux are attempting to force the Cree in being allies to their battles the US army . Later on , Mountie Thomas revolts against his stiff-upper-lip commander : Robert Douglas and trying to persuade the Cree to help them . Thomas must aid Creek Indians and also Grace , who is accused for killing and being pursued by deputy Smith : Hugh O'Brian . Along the way the group of Mounties escapes from the Sioux by the wild river .
Spectacular and enough budget western with thrills , adventures , battles , go riding , emotion and being mostly shot on location in Saskatchewan . This is an impressive saga of the conquest of the Saskatchewan territory where the Royal Northwest Mounted Police stood alone against the fury of the Custer-massacring Sioux and the savage Cree nation . Thinly written for the screen by Gil Doud , author of the original story based on facts , including some disapponting moments ; nevertheless , it was ably made by the great director Raoul Walsh . On the plus side are reasonable good acting from a nice cast and support cast . As main cast is pretty good , it stars the estimable Alan Ladd , a fine actor who performed some classic Noir Films and a lot of Westerns , such as The Badlanders , Proud rebel , Drum beat , Branded and the classic Shane . Support cast is frankly fine , Robert Douglas is very authentic and striking looking as the inept and vengeful commandant . The female lead is taken by pretty Shelley Winters as a captive , but she has little to do and isn't in it very much . Other secondaries appearing are Hugh O'Brian , Richard Long , J. Carrol Naish , George J. Lewis , Lewis Gilmore and as narrator : Rex Reason. And some actors playing Indians as Antonio Moreno : Chief Dark Cloud , Anthony Caruso : Spotted Eagle and Indian Cajou played by Jay Silverheels , the famous Tonto from Lone Ranger series.
This colorful movie belongs to Canadian Mountie sub-genre including important titles as the classy Unconquered by Cecil B DeMille with Gary Cooper , Pony Soldier 1952 by Joseph M. Newman with Tyrone Power and The Canadians by Burt Kennedy with Robert Ryan . This Saskatchewan packs a glimmer and rousing cinematography by John F. Seitz , showing splendorous landscapes. The motion picture was well directed by Raoul Walsh . He was a prolific filmmaker , writer , actor and producer . He directed all kinds of genres with penchant for Western , Noir Film and Gangster movies. Raoul directed westerns for Warner Bros as They died with their boots on 1942 , Sílver river 1948 with Errol Flynn , Colorado territory 1949 with Joel McCrea , Cheyenne with Dennis Morgan and Along the Great Divide with Kirk Douglas . In Universal Pictures Walsh directed : The lawless breed , Gun fury with Rock Hudson , and Saskatchewan . His two best considered westerns were The Big TraIl and Dark Command. And his last westerns were The tall men 1955 , The King and 4 queens 1956 with Clark Gable and The sheriff of Fractured Jaw with Kenneth Moore .
Saskatchewan is no earth shattering watching experience at all , but with its saving graces as the attractive , appealing outdoors , and the presence of its charming stars , it is just about worth a look . Rating 6/10.