- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: May 31, 2011
- Originally Released: 1938
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Two men are found murdered at Garou's Landing, a small outpost in the snow-covered Canadian Northwest. One of the victims is a Mountie, the other a businessman named Bennett, whose partner Andrew Larkin becomes the primary suspect in the brutal crime. Sergeant Renfrew, assigned to the case, journeys north with Larkin's daughter Kay, who doesn't suspect that he has been ordered to bring back her father, dead or alive. Renfrew captures the accused killer but is forced to shoot Larkin when he tries to escape. This allows the real killer an opportunity to dispose of Renfrew without revealing his true identity.
Second of the eight Renfrew films, James Newill reprises his role as the stout-hearted musical Mountie. On the Great White Trail is a murder mystery, whereas its immediate predecessor was a straight action melodrama. The story's whodunit angle is well handled with a surprising twist that provides the impetus for the film's climax. Grand National's flagging fortunes sent Renfrew looking for another home, and he found it in Monogram Pictures, which continued the series with six more feature-length adventures produced by Philip Krasne and released during the 1939-40 season. - Ed Hulse
ON THE GREAT WHITE TRAIL was the second B-picture inspired by Laurie York Erskine's "Renfrew of the Royal Mounted" books. James Newill is back as Renfrew, who on this occasion tries to solve a robbery and murder. The villains are a gang of fur thieves who've been targeting the trading posts owned by Andrew Larkin (Robert Fraser). Renfrew's mission is compromised somewhat by the presence of Larkin's headstrong daughter Kay (Terry Walker), who insists upon participating in the manhunt. Originally produced by Criterion Pictures, ON THE GREAT WHITE TRAIL was distributed by Grand National.