Gene Autry and the Mounties
Cast & Crew
Just north of Montana, Royal Canadian Mounties Terry Dillon and Sgt. MacKenzie flee as a band of outlaws led by the notorious Pierre LaBlond pursue them with guns blazing. After ordering Terry to return to headquarters to report LaBlond's presence in Canada, MacKenzie attempts to hold the outlaws off alone, but is shot in the back by LaBlond. U.S. Marshal Gene Autry and his deputy, Scat Russell, hear the gunshots and, meeting Terry on the road, return with him to help MacKenzie. Terry is shot and wounded as LaBlond and his men escape with MacKenzie's body. Gene and Scat take Terry to a nearby cabin, where Marie Duval offers them assistance over her younger brother Jack's objections. Jack considers LaBlond a hero for being the right-hand man of revolutionary Louis Fontaine, who two years earlier attempted to seize a large portion of Canadian land and declare it an independent republic. Unaware that Marie's uncle, Raoul Duval, is a member of LaBlond's gang, Terry explains that the Mounties assumed that LaBlond had been killed in the gang's subsequent flight to America. While Marie tends to Terry's wound, Jack slips away with his dog King to warn LaBlond about Terry. Gene and Scat, who have introduced themselves to the Duvals as cattlemen, then escort Terry to Mountie headquarters at Rocky River. There Gene presents his official papers to Inspector Wingate, revealing his identity and assignment to investigate the theft of several shipments of gold from Montana, for which the authorities believe LaBlond is responsible. Gene suspects that Jack has passed information to LaBlond after he and Scat run into Duval and another gang member, Batiste, on the trail. Back at the Duval cabin, LaBlond awaits Duval's return and attempts to romance Marie, who responds coldly. Later, Gene and Terry return to the Duval cabin and purposely mention in front of Jack that a large contingent of Mounties are arriving to help battle LaBlond. When Jack again slips away to LaBlond's, both King and Gene follow. Gene is captured by Batiste, who discovers his marshal's badge, but gets King to lead his horse Champion to him and escapes. Gathering together all the stolen Montana gold, LaBlond and his gang make an effort to evade the Mounties, but in the ensuing shootout, a safe falls from LaBlond's wagon. When Terry and Gene open the safe, they discover several marked bars of gold and Fontaine's private records, which implicate LaBlond and the gang. Batiste and a wounded Duval are arrested after the skirmish, but provide no further information. LaBlond informs Marie of her uncle's capture and convinces her to visit him in jail, knowing she will go to the Mounties. While Marie notifies Wingate of LaBlond's whereabouts, LaBlond, dressed in MacKenzie's Mountie uniform, gets Batiste out of jail. Duval, too seriously wounded to be moved, is left behind. Later, at the Duvals', Jack refuses to help Gene until Gene makes him realize that Marie is probably in danger. When LaBlond later appears and tries to force Marie to go with him and his gang to their stronghold in Silver Lake, Jack protests, but Marie agrees to prevent trouble. Jack then rides off to tell Gene. When Duval discovers that LaBlond is forcing Marie to accompany him, he confesses that LaBlond murdered MacKenzie and plans to overthrow Fontaine, and asks to go with the Mounties to Silver Lake to rescue his niece. In Silver Lake, LaBlond tries to rouse his gang to get the local townspeople to fight to the death against the Mounties. When Marie protests the involvement of innocent people, the men agree, forcing LaBlond to back down and order the town evacuated. Marie then tells LaBlond that she will never marry him, and in his anger, he pushes her and knocks over an oil lamp, which sets the room ablaze instantly. LaBlond flees and Marie manages to get out through a window before collapsing. Terry, Gene, Duval and the Mounties arrive and search for Marie in the smoke and flames. Duval discovers LaBlond in the smoke, and as he attacks him, a burning building falls on them. Gene and Terry rescue Marie and with the demise of LaBlond, the region is declared safe.
House Peters Jr.
Thomas Simpson Cooke
Norman S. Hall
James Robinson Planché
Say, you're not as dumb as you look!- Gene Autry
I couldn't be and live!- Scat Russell
The working title of the film was Gene Autry and the Royal Mounted. Hollywood Reporter production charts refer to the film as Mounties. According to the Daily Variety review, portions of the film were shot on location in Big Bear, CA. According to information in the copyright file, the film was released in sepia; however, the print veiwed was in black and white.