Northwest Passage Volume 1
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 42 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 22, 2005
- Originally Released: 1958
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Buddy Ebsen & Keith Larson|
|Performer:||DeForest Kelley & Bruce Gordon|
|Directed by||Jacques Tourneur, George Waggner & Alan Crossland Jr.|
|Story by||Kenneth Roberts|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Break Out: Ambushed by a contingent of French soldiers while on a scouting expedition, Major Robert Rogers, Sergeant Hunk Marinner and Ensign Langdone Towne are taken to a prisoner of war stockade - a work camp where prisoners must endure horrid conditions and brutal torture meted out by the prison's cruel commander, Major Hugo Marten.
Counterfeiters: After a meal at a tavern, Roberts, Marinner and Towne are shocked to find that the money they use to pay the tab is worthless. The Rangers and the militia had all been paid in bogus bills. An investigation to find the counterfeiting operation soon reveals even more criminal activity.
Death Rides The Wind: Two escaped prisoners break into the cabin of a trapper while he sleeps. They steal fur pelts, eat his leftover food and take his hunting rifle, not realizing the man is dying of smallpox. The Rangers set out on an urgent mission to track down the convicts before they reach Portsmouth and infect the entire population.
The Fourth Brother: Major Roberts and his men investigate a highway robbery that results in the murder of a local trapper. The suspects in this crime are notorious troublemakers, the Wade Brothers, but the youngest brother, Dan, needs the Rangers' to help him prove his innocence.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 20 ratings.
Actually, this was originally an NBC series, an early network color show that ran for one season, not a syndicated effort as the previous reviewer indicated. And a fine adventure series it was with rich period detail.
Only 26 episodes were filmed and broadcast from 1958 to 1959, which is surprising as the standard for any syndicated television program of the time was 39. Buddy Ebsen plays a pre-Beverly Hillbillies role as Sgt. Hunk Marriner and Alpha selected a nice roster of episodes when it comes to guest stars. DeForest Kelley (years before playing Dr. "Bones" McCoy on STAR TREK) guests in "Death Rides the Wind" and Lee Van Cleef plays a nice role as "The Fourth Brother." If you want to see the difference is between the early episodes and the later episodes, in the value of production and character development, "Break Out" was the sixth episode of the series and "The Fourth Brother" was the 20th. All 26 episodes are in the public domain so hopefully Alpha will consider offering the remaining 22. It would only take five more DVDs to do so, making this DVD the first of six.
- Sales Rank: 11,133
- UPC: 089218466495
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