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Northern Frontier (1935)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 February 1935 (USA)
A Mountie sets out to infiltrate and break up a gang of counterfeiters.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

James Oliver Curwood (novel), Barry Barringer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kermit Maynard ... Mountie Sgt. Mack MacKenzie
Eleanor Hunt ... Beth Braden
Russell Hopton ... Duke Milford
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Inspector McKenzie
LeRoy Mason ... Stone (as Roy Mason)
Gertrude Astor ... Mae
Ben Hendricks Jr. Ben Hendricks Jr. ... Sam Keene
Walter Brennan ... Stuttering Cook
Lloyd Ingraham ... Prof. Braden
Nelson McDowell ... Barfly Tope
Lafe McKee ... Old Trapper
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The Mounties are after counterfeiters. When McKenzie catches an arriving agent, he uses that man's letter of introduction to get into the counterfeiting gang. Greatly outnumbered and in trouble when his true identity becomes known, he receives unexpected help from one of the gang members. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Western

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast was Sunday 26 September 1948 on WATV, New York City. In Chicago it first aired Monday 4 April 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), in Detroit Friday 22 July 1949 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Philadelphia Wednesday 17 August 1949 on Frontier Playhouse on WPTZ (Channel 3), and in Salt Lake City Monday 26 December 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4). See more »

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A Very Special Double Cross
12 May 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The two biggest names who were not yet big names are far down the cast list of Northern Frontier. This is an unpretentious low budget quickie shot for a Poverty Row outfit called Ambassador Pictures. I will say that the low budget aspects of it are somewhat masked by the location shooting at Big Bear Lake to use as the Canadian Northern Frontier.

The film stars Kermit Maynard and he gets involved in a racket that involves both selling and smuggling animal skins and using counterfeit money as well. When another Mountie stumbles on to the racket, Maynard's brought in.

Turns out Kermit's got a big stake in this one. His girl friend is Eleanor Hunt and her dad is being forced to work for the convicts. In fact the big boss of the outfit, perennial B western villain LeRoy Mason is really planning to double cross everybody in a very special way.

Walter Brennan has a small role as a stuttering cook who works with Mason who abuses him and doesn't have patience for him even when Brennan catches on that Maynard is a Mountie. Brennan had been in a lot of films mostly westerns for years. The same year Northern Frontier was out, Brennan got his first real critical notices in Samuel Goldwyn's Barbary Coast.

When we first meet Maynard before he's given his assignment, he's giving riding lessons to some newly minted Mounties. One of them is Tyrone Power who you will have some trouble recognizing. That's his credit listing in the cast. He'd be off to the newly formed 20th Century Fox studio for fame and fortune right after this film.

Northern Frontier is an unpretentious B Northwestern with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police getting their men as always. And this was a year before Nelson Eddy sang a note in a Mountie uniform.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Astúcia de Polícia See more »

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