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Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Approved | | Drama, Family, Romance | 23 June 1939 (USA)
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Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from ... See full summary »

Directors:

William A. Seiter, Walter Lang (uncredited)

Writers:

Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Shirley Temple ... Susannah Sheldon
Randolph Scott ... Monty - Inspector Angus Montague
Margaret Lockwood ... Vicky Standing
Martin Good Rider Martin Good Rider ... Little Chief
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pat O'Hannegan
Maurice Moscovitch ... Chief Big Eagle (as Maurice Moscovich)
Moroni Olsen ... Supt. Andrew Standing
Victor Jory ... Wolf Pelt
Lester Matthews ... Harlan Chambers
Leyland Hodgson ... Randall
Herbert Evans ... Doctor
Jack Luden ... Williams
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin ... Sergeant MacGregor
John Sutton ... Corporal Piggott
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Storyline

Shirley is the orphaned survivor of an Indian attack in the Canadian West. A Mountie and his girlfriend take her in. Everybody suffers further Indian attacks and the Mountie is saved from the stake only by Shirley's intervention with the Indian chief. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Flaming arrows! Cracking rifles!


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Susannah See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Indians used in this picture are from the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. See more »

Goofs

During the Indian raid on the Mountie fort, the Blackfeet led by Wolf Pelt enter the compound by unbarring the wooden crossbar on the outside of the door. The crossbar should have been on the inside. See more »

Quotes

Vicky Standing: Maybe someday you'll teach me an Indian dance.
Little Chief: Unh.
Susannah Sheldon: Isn't he rude? These Indians certainly are a problem.
Vicky Standing: You don't seem to have much trouble handling Little Chief.
Susannah Sheldon: It took time for me to understand him, though, but it was worth it.
Vicky Standing: Really?
Susannah Sheldon: Yes, because I expect to be here for a long time. But it wouldn't be worthwhile for you to go to all that trouble, because you're going home soon.
Vicky Standing: Am I?
Susannah Sheldon: Aren't you? Mr. Pat said you were, and I expect you wouldn't like it out here anyway, because it's full ...
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: Rent-A-Kube (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Gloaming
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Lyrics by Meta Orred
Sung a cappella by soldiers in Supt. Standing's home
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Maybe not 100% politically correct but quite enjoyable...plus you get to see Shirley Temple smoke!
18 January 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Susannah of the Mounties" begins with a group of Canadian Mounted Police (the 'Mounties') coming upon some wagons that were attacked by the Natives. All the settlers, aside from a child (Shirley Temple as the title character), have been killed and the girl is taken back to the fort to live. She is taken in by a handsome young officer (Randolph Scott) and she soon adjusts to camp life.

Because of this and other attacks, the leader of the Mounties calls a meeting with the local Chief. The two swear to end the violence and as a sign of his integrity, the Chief sends his young son to live with the white folks. Soon, he and Susannah are at odds with each other. BUT, because she is so gosh-darn spunky and sweet, soon she and the boy become best friends. However, a small group of evil renegade natives are bent on stoking the fires of war. Can resourceful little Susannah bring everyone together? Considering how many times she hit the peace pipe with her new friend, it's a good bet she can.

The film gets some credit for having a tribe of actual Indians play the natives....with a few obvious exceptions. The chief and the leader of the renegades are BOTH played by white guys painted up to look like natives. Why did Hollywood always insist in this era in giving all the major roles for most every ethnic group to white folks?! This is especially silly with the chief-- a guy by the name of Maurice Moscovitch! However, Shirley's acting is great (as usual) and the film is never boring. Overall, a pretty good family film--even if it isn't 100% politically correct!


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