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  • Actors: Anthony Caruso, Alan Ladd, Shelley Winters, J. Carrol Naish, Hugh O'Brian
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Producers: Saskatchewan (1954) ( O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted ), Saskatchewan (1954), O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted
  • Format: Import, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 87.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006NT88IS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,311 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Australia released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Saskatchewan is a 'northern' starring Alan Ladd as tight-lipped Canadian Mountie Sgt. Thomas O'Rourke. He rescues Grace Markey (Shelley Winters), sole survivor of a Sioux uprising, and the two of them set out across the treacherous Saskatchewan terrain to safety. To keep himself and his companion alive, O'Rourke must rely on his own knowledge of Sioux behavior...not as daunting a task as it seems, since the Mountie was raised by Cree Indians. Along the way, the stoic O'Rourke melts enough to fall in love with Grace, who isn't as helpless as she seems at first glance. Saskatchewan is directed by Raoul Walsh in his usual virile and vigorous fashion.

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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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By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2011
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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.
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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.Read more ›
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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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