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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Saskatchewan (1954)

In Northern Canada in the 1870s, the native Cree in the Saskatchewan territory are in talks with the Sioux from across the U.S. border to join up against the North West Mounted Police. A Mountie (Alan Ladd) comes into conflict with his new commanding officer (Robert Douglas) regarding not only his handling of the Indian situation but his commanding skills in general. Beautifully shot in Technicolor (by John Seitz, DOUBLE INDEMNITY) on location in the state of Alberta in Canada, veteran director Raoul Walsh isn't able to patch together anything more than a routine western (or should I say Northern?). Shelley Winters, looking very zaftig, as a prisoner being extradited back to the U.S. on murder charges is Ladd's romantic interest but shrill as a Brooklyn hausfrau, she's like a fish out of water in a western. With Hugh O'Brian, J. Carrol Naish, Richard Long, Anthony Caruso and Jay Silverheels.

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