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5.0 out of 5 stars SASKATCHEWAN
This movie was first released in 1954 in fullscreen, Technicolour and runs 83 minutes. The sound and picture quality of this Australian Universal release are very good. The film starts in 1877 in Canada where Thomas O'Rourke(ALAN LADD) and Cajou(JAY SILVERHEELS) practice shooting next to a lake, then racing to a beautiful waterfall and suddenly come across burnt out...
Published on 5 Nov. 2011 by Dr S. S. Nagi

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3.0 out of 5 stars Walsh's Revisionist Canadian Geography.
Well first things first, and it has to be said that there are no picture quality issues with this DVD release from the much maligned Pegasus entertainment. They are definitely getting their act together these days and using decent transfers for their recent DVD's. "The Last Sunset" is a good example. This film is perhaps one of Raoul Walsh's lesser works. It certainly...
Published on 23 Nov. 2011 by Bob Salter


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3.0 out of 5 stars Walsh's Revisionist Canadian Geography., 23 Nov. 2011
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Saskatchewan [DVD] (DVD)
Well first things first, and it has to be said that there are no picture quality issues with this DVD release from the much maligned Pegasus entertainment. They are definitely getting their act together these days and using decent transfers for their recent DVD's. "The Last Sunset" is a good example. This film is perhaps one of Raoul Walsh's lesser works. It certainly lacks in suspense and imagination, But what it lacks in these departments it makes up for with lots of colourful indians and the magnificent scenery around Banff, Alberta, in the great Canadian west. Yes, thats Alberta not Saskatchewan, in Raoul Walsh's revisionist look at the geography of Canada. In this film Saskatchewan has lots of lovely mountains, which is much nicer than it's generally flattish lands. We therefore get lots of mounties in colourful but anachronistic uniforms, fighting the mighty Sioux who have skipped across the border following General Custer's catastrophic defeat at the Little Big Horn to a Canadian safe haven amongst stunning scenery. The Sioux did actually flee to Canada in an attempt to avoid the anticipated American backlash from that humiliating defeat.

"Saskatchewan" aka "O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted" has Alan Ladd as the mountie who is the adopted son of a Cree indian chief. His indian brother is played by Tonto 'kemosabe' himself, Jay Silverheels. Ladd romances saloon girl Shelley Winters whilst trying to keep the Cree from allying with the warlike Sioux fresh from their victory over Custer at the Little Big Horn in neaby Montana. He falls foul of his own superiors in his attempts to keep the peace. No real surprises here apart from the locations used, which are admittedly stunningly beautiful. Lots of riders in bright uniforms dashing hither and thither amongst the mountains. Ladd is nonchalant throughout, aided by veteran J Carrol Naish who seemed to be even shorter than Ladd. Naish plays a French Canadian trapper who gets a glimpse of Sitting Bull himself, a character he had coincidentally played not that long before. Hugh O'Brian gets to play the very bad American sheriff in this one. Whilst the films scenery was very reminiscent of those used to much superior effect by Anthony Mann in his series of fifties movies, it is not a patch on those. Walsh made the far superior "Pursued" a few short years before, and went on to make the excellent "The Tall Men" with Clark Gable a year later. At the end of the film due thanks is given to the Canadian government for their help in making the film, which is just as well as the scenery is the main attraction! I suspect that Walsh and his crew had a very nice busmans holiday in this glorious picture postcard area of Canada. Given this it passes the time pleasantly enough in between more serious fare. Well done to Pegasus for bringing a western to me that I cannot recall seeing before! More where this came from please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian western ... or is it a Northern?, 21 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Saskatchewan [DVD] (DVD)
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.

The Pegasus DVD via Great Britain is an adequate transfer at best. The transfer is on the soft side and could have used some tweaking to make it sharper but it's certainly watchable. The aspect ratio is full frame 1.33
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SASKATCHEWAN, 5 Nov. 2011
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Dr S. S. Nagi "Nyrobe" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This movie was first released in 1954 in fullscreen, Technicolour and runs 83 minutes. The sound and picture quality of this Australian Universal release are very good. The film starts in 1877 in Canada where Thomas O'Rourke(ALAN LADD) and Cajou(JAY SILVERHEELS) practice shooting next to a lake, then racing to a beautiful waterfall and suddenly come across burnt out wagons. They get shot at and discover Grace Markey(SHELLEY WINTERS), who had been attacked by Indians and left as the only survival, as she was hidden. Cajou says that Cree Indians don't attack whites and that all the guns had been taken. As they try to camp, Grace takes a horse and makes a run for it, but soon comes across more Indians. Thomas and Cajou shoot at the Indians and find them as American Sioux. Later, they arrive at the Fort and Thomas changes into Canadian Mounted Red Coat Police inspector. Cajou shows the weapon of Crazy Horse Chief to Batouche(J.CARROL NAISH). Thomas introduces himself to Commander Benton(ROBERT DOUGLAS) and Grace requests that she is still allowed to go to Battleford. Indians are not allowed to have guns, so Benton, fresh from England, orders Thomas to take Cajou's rifle. Dark Cloud Cree Chief and Cajou threaten to join the Sioux. US Marshall Carl Smith(HUGH O'BRIAN) comes on a wagon and reports to Benton saying he was looking for Grace for a murder in Montana and presents appropriate papers. Grace apparently had killed the Marshall's brother. A message comes from Fort Walsh that the Sioux were crossing into Canada in great numbers and the Cree may join them. Order is given to leave Saskatchewan and head for Fort Walsh first thing in the morning. Marshall Smith decides to take Grace and join the Canadian Mounted Police for safety. Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse chiefs of Sioux had come to Canada to help Dark Cloud Cree Chief, offering to finish the Red Coats.
This story of GIL DOUD is beautifully photographed by JOHN F SEITZ and briskly directed by great RAOUL WALSH. The action scenes are very good and one may want to buy this DVD also for the fantastic natural beauty of Canadian National Parks.
ALAN WALBRIDGE LADD was born on 3.9.1913 in Hotsprings, Akansas. His father died when he was 4, his mother re-marring and the family moved to North Hollywood, California. He opened his own hamburger and malt shop(Tiny's Patio). Universal Studios dropped him because he was too blond and too short. He did many short roles. He went to work for Paramount Pictures. In 1953, he starred in 'SHANE', nominated for 5 Academy awards. He also worked for Columbia Pictures. In November 1962, he was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood with a bullet wound near his heart, an unsuccessful suicide attempt. He was married twice and had a son 'Alan Ladd Jr' with MIDGE HARROLD. He had a son and a daughter with SUE CAROL(1942). On 29.1.1964, aged 50, Alan Ladd Sr was found dead in Palm Springs, California, of acute overdose of 'alcohol and 3 drugs'.
Some of Alan Ladd's films are:-
(1) Once in Life Time, 1932
(2) Victory, 1940
(3) Citizen Kane, 1941
(4) Calcutta, 1947
(5) Whispering Smith, 1948
(6) Red Mountain, 1951
(7) The Iron Mistress, 1952
(8) Shane, 1953
(9) Drum Beat, 1954
(10)Santiago, 1956
(11)Badlanders, 1958
(12)The Carpet Baggers, 1964
Watch and ENJOY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AKA "O'Rourke Of the Royal Mounted" PEGASUS Release, 31 Aug. 2013
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Perhaps not Raoul Walsh's finest hour, but a damn good, exciting, unpretentious "Mountie" adventure. A splendid colour print (4.3) showing off terrific locations with very few studio scenes. Also I didn't detect any stock shots, and there are lots of big action scenes. Others have done the plot bit, so suffice to say Ladd is his usual dynamic self (love him or loathe him - I like him), Shelley Winters is way in the wrong film, but everyone else is just right (J Carroll Naish/Hugh O'Brian/Robt Douglas/Anthony Caruso/Jay Silverheels). Walsh directs with spirit, tho how much he wanted to do this one.... This a cracking "Western" in all but setting. Highly recomended. (One last thought, and you need to see the film, - Why didnt the Indian Guard shout out during his long fight with Ladd??? A Puzzle - It's called "Shooting Horses")
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old films, 11 May 2013
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I love the old films, you can see the actors, and no fancy retakes, is was a good movie.I find that I can get this type of film from Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars westerns, 23 Mar. 2012
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Mr. Martin J. G. Dawson (london uk) - See all my reviews
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Alan Ladd was a much underatted actor, you only have to see "this gun's for hire", "Shane" and "The blue Dahilia just three of his many films.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mounties, Cree and the Sioux., 15 Jan. 2012
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Saskatchewan [DVD] (DVD)
Saskatchewan is directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Gil Doud. It stars Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish, Hugh O'Brian, Jay Silverheels, George Lewis and Robert Douglas. Music is by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography in Technicolor is by John F. Seitz.

Saskatchewan River Country, Spring 1877, and Mountie Sergeant O'Rourke (Ladd), who was reared by the Cree Indians, sets about trying to prevent the Cree from joining forces with the Sioux who have crossed the border into Canada after massacring General Custer at Little Bighorn.

Competent story with muscular direction for the action sequences, Saskatchewan is undoubtedly reliant on the beautiful visuals to keep the viewer enthralled. Plot is one of those that telegraphs the outcome right from the off, thus any genuine suspense is hard to garner, while the characterisations are drawn as standard. Male cast members are mostly fine, with Ladd always watchable when doing stoicism, but Winters, in a character desperately trying not to be a token, is sadly miscast. However, the action is of high standard, with lots of extras and horses whizzing about to create excitement, and the photography in and around Banff National Park in Alberta is sublime. Whether it's the wonderful mountains, the angled trees or the shimmering river (the latter providing a truly breath taking reflection at one point), Seitz's (The Lost Weekend/Sunset Boulevard) work for this film is reason enough to seek it out. 6/10

The Pegasus Region 2 DVD release is presented in 4:3 full frame and the picture quality is good to fair, if a little grainy for the very light scenes.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Alan Ladd western at last available in the UK, 13 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Saskatchewan [DVD] (DVD)
Another Pegasus winner. This one stars Alan Ladd in a tale of Mounties in Canada, but you want to know about the disc, not the film, right? It's 4:3, which I think is the correct aspect ratio, and again it looks very good. Pegasus are coming up trumps just lately and I know they have plans for more westerns in 2012 (with more on the way before the end of this year)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Western, 20 Dec. 2012
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This is a Canadian Western, a very rare thing. For that reason it is worth having. It comes very much from within the same genre as the great American Westerns of the 1950s and early 1960s, before the rise of the "anti-hero" genre. Love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars western yeha, 9 Feb. 2014
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what can i say they don't make them like this any more a cowboy movie that you can lose yourself in
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