Canadian Pacific (1949)

Genres - Action, Romance, Western  |   Release Date - May 19, 1949 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Filmed on location in the Canadian Rockies, this historical adventure spins a fanciful account of the building of the Canadian Pacific railroad. Randolph Scott heads the cast as Tom Andrews, a rough-and-ready surveyor who meets and conquers all obstacles in the railroad's path. The biggest fly in the ointment is trapper Dirk Rourke (Victor Jory), who perceives the Canadian Pacific as a threat to his livelihood. Rourke foments an Indian uprising which very nearly destroys the railroad. But Andrews and his hardy band persevere. Jane Wyatt plays the heroine among more intelligent and self-reliant lines than is usual in films of this nature. Highly suspect on a historical level, Canadian Pacific is nonetheless an exciting piece of filmmaking, evocatively photographed in Cinecolor by Fred Jackman Jr.

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affection, attack, conflict, construction, gangster, half-breed, handsome, love-triangle, progress, railroad, romance, territory, train [locomotive], wilderness