|NORTHWEST OUTPOST (director: Alan Dwan; screenwriter: story by Angela Stuart/operetta by Rudolf Friml/Richard Sale/Laird Doyle/Elizabeth Meehan; cinematographer: Reggie Lanning; editor: Harry Keller; music: Rudolf Friml; cast: Nelson Eddy (Captain Jim Laurence), Ilona Massey (Natalia Alanova), Joseph Schildkraut (Count Igor Savin), Elsa Lanchester (Princess 'Tanya' Tatiana), Hugo Haas (Prince Nickolai Balinin), Rich Valin (Dovkin), Lenore Ulric (Baroness Kruposny), Peter Whitney (Volkoff Overseer), George Sorel (Baron Kruposny), the American GI Chorus; Runtime: 91; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alan Dwan; Republic; 1947)|
was the last time on the 'big screen' for
the popular Nelson Eddy, in this forgettable
fluff western operetta."
by Dennis Schwartz
was the last time on the 'big screen' for the
popular Nelson Eddy, in this forgettable fluff
western operetta. The costume piece film was praised
by the critics and the box office was solid. It's a
lighthearted musical western directed with great
skill by Alan Dwan ("Sands of Iwo
Jima"/"Calendar Girl"/"The Restless Breed"), who keeps
it humorous and delightfully melodramatic by gently
poking fun of Eddy throughout as he does his regular
shtick. The weak operetta score by Rudolph Friml
includes such tunes as "Nearer and Dearer,"
"Love Is the Time" and "Tell Me With Your Eyes." The
story by Angela Stuart and the screenplay by Richard
Sale, Laird Doyle and Elizabeth
Meehan are both lackluster. The singers
include Eddy and co-star Ilona Massey and the
American GI Chorus.
1830s, in Old California, at the Russian imperial post
at Fort Ross, in territory then owned by Russia, the
criminal hubby of the aristocratic Russian Natalia
Alanova (Ilona Massey), the disgraced Count
Igor Savin (Joseph
Schildkraut), is imprisoned at
the fort. Captain Jim Laurence (Nelson
Eddy), of the American cavalry, is visiting the area
to pave the way for the future American takeover of
the Northwest territory, when he falls for Natalia and
rescues her from being blackmailed by her husband to
get him released or else.
comical portrayals of Hugo Haas and Elsa
Lanchester as the bumbling Russian governor and his
wife, add some borscht to the meal served.
REVIEWED ON 5/31/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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