Saskatchewan

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Alan Ladd is a Mountie in Canada (it was shot around Banff in the Canadian Rockies) who has been out trapping with Silverheels. The two men were raised together in a Cree village and are blood brothers. Ladd is going back to work at Mountie headquarters in Saskatchewan and Silverheels is returning to the village. They come upon a massacre. A wagon train...read more

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Alan Ladd is a Mountie in Canada (it was shot around Banff in the Canadian Rockies) who has been out trapping with Silverheels. The two men were raised together in a Cree village and are blood brothers. Ladd is going back to work at Mountie headquarters in Saskatchewan and Silverheels is

returning to the village. They come upon a massacre. A wagon train has been decimated and the only survivor is Winters, who says that it was a tribe of Indians who killed everyone. Ladd will take her to safety at his fort, but she seems not to want to go. At the fort, Ladd learns that the only

Indians reported in the area are the Cree, the same ones who raised him, and he knows that they are nonviolent. Soon he discovers the warlike Sioux have come up from the US and have been raiding various areas. They are also responsible for a slaughter of cavalrymen from the US Seventh Cavalry. The

Sioux are attempting to incite the docile Cree Indians into forming an alliance and attacking settlers. Ladd is ordered to force the Cree to give up their weapons, but he feels that's a mistake that would force the Cree to align themselves with the Sioux. This gets him in trouble with Douglas, his

new commander, a martinet who goes by the book. Meanwhile, O'Brian, a Montana marshal, arrives with a warrant for Winters' arrest on a murder charge. He takes custody of Winters and they head for the US, along with a detachment of Mounties including Douglas and Ladd who have word that Sioux

warriors are gathering at the border. Along the way, it's learned that O'Brian has falsified charges against Winters because he wants her as his mistress. Seeing that Winters is attracted to Ladd, O'Brian tries to kill him, but is himself gunned down by Douglas. The Mounties reach a fort near the

border where they are surrounced by Sioux and seemed doomed, but Ladd escapes and with Silverheels he summons a war party of Cree who arrive in the nick of time to defeat the Sioux and save the Mounties. At the fade, Ladd and Winters are making plans for a wonderful life together. In spite of lots

of action and beautiful photography, the entire thing is ultimately unsatisfying. O'Brian makes a good villain and J. Carroll Naish plays an Indian scout with the same professionalism he always brought to every role. Ladd offers all the heroic stoicism the part requires, but Winters overacts

mightily.

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