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Title: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: Dust Devil on December 15, 2014, 12:23:13 PM

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047449/


Pretty simple Canadian Western story from Walsh and Ladd, without too many questions or explanations. Not very original or enthusiastic in any regard, and (despite some turquise blue in the background) not visually captivating either. Perhaps some of the action was slightly better than mediocre, but at that point I didn't really care anymore. With a knot in the end.


5/10
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: stanton on December 15, 2014, 12:43:58 PM
A 100% mediocre Injun western, set (and shot) in Canada. Rather forgettable in every aspect. 2/10

I just read that Walsh had the same opinion. Weak story and screenplay, but he liked the Canadian landscapes, and tried to capture their whole beauty. Otherwise it was an "everything went wrong" movie for him.
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: Dust Devil on December 15, 2014, 01:18:49 PM
Well at least I hope he enjoyed the outdoors, cause sure looks like he didn't bother much to capture it on screen. CJ would not approve! :(
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: stanton on December 15, 2014, 01:44:17 PM
The Canadian landscape looked spectacular, the only thing which was spectacular, apart maybe from the spectacular bad last scene of the flic.
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: Dust Devil on December 15, 2014, 01:51:32 PM
The landscapes are spectacular by their own nature. He didn't play much with 'em. No horse chases, no sundowns, no snow, no rivers flowing, no campfires by the river, no people going to the vicinity of the forest, no nothing. Just having them partially in the background doesn't amuse me at all - it pisses me off. :)
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: cigar joe on December 16, 2014, 02:52:53 AM
Well at least I hope he enjoyed the outdoors, cause sure looks like he didn't bother much to capture it on screen. CJ would not approve! :(

never see it.  :'(
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: stanton on December 16, 2014, 05:13:26 AM
The landscapes are spectacular by their own nature. He didn't play much with 'em.

That's true.
Title: Re: O'Rourke of the Royal Mounted aka Saskatchewan (1954)
Post by: titoli on February 17, 2021, 12:40:33 PM
"insipid screenplay and a largely boring movie". Winters  "out of place" (as most of times, I'd say) (Garfield). But has he watched the movie? He says Ladd's mission "is to persuade the Sioux...to return to the States". In fact, it is not Ladd's mission and is not persuading the Sioux. Apart from that, I think that apart from the childish finale the story develops quite well. Yes, nothing you haven't seen before: the obtuse officer, the incident with the Indians, the obtrusive Winters as the love interest (though justified by the fact she's the only not Indian woman around), the music as banal as can be. But, though I skipped over it for almost half a century (it was on TV a lot in the late '70s) as a lover of the genre I can't but give it a 6/10: the scenes have vivacity and the story flows well, the scenery helping conferring originality.