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Canadian Pacific (1949)

Canadian Pacific (1949)

Released: 1949
Genre: adventure, history, Movie, romance
Director: Edwin L. Marin
Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Jane Wyatt, Randolph Scott,,
Run time: 95 min
IMDb: 5.9/10
Country: USA

Synopsis

Storyline:
After finding a vital pass through the Canadian Rockies for the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Tom Andrews tells his boss Cornelius Van Horne that he is resigning to marry the girl he loves, Cecille Gautier. From Cecille, Tom learns that fur trader Dirk Rourke fears the coming of the railroad because it threatens his hold on the Indians and other trappers. Tom and Rorke have a bitter fight over Cecille, and Tom asks her to wait for him, as he has to go back and finish his job with the railroad. Aided by Dynamite Dawson, Tom finds evidence of Rourke’s work against the railroad construction and almost loses his life when Rourke fires into some crates of dynamite Tom is unloading. The construction camp’s doctor, Edith Cabot, gives her own blood in a transfusion to save Tom’s life. Cecille, realizing that her father is working with Rourke against the railroad,rides off to warn Tom. Rourke intercepts her and tells her that Tom is in love with the lady doctor, but she bullwhips …
Written by
Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>
User Reviews: Very disappointing to Canadians who know a little of their history, this 1940s-style western treats the building of the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railway as if it had occurred in the U.S., with many mistakes noted elsewhere in this entry, and a heavy dose of the U.S. cultural imperialism so typical of 20th century Hollywood’s treatments of other peoples’ histories.

The film makes no references to the important political issues and scandals in eastern Canada that surrounded and heavily influenced the building process, nor the important effects of the ever-present French- English-Indian cultural tensions.

A passable B-grade western for an undiscriminating audience.