Release dates 17 also known as aka 41 release dates usa 20 february 1940. Northwest passage was one of my favorites as a teen, but i hadnt give it a thought in more than twoscore. Northwest passage book 1, rogers rangers directed by king vidor written by lawrence stallings and talbot jennings from a novel by kenneth roberts 1940 usa loews. They dont even start out looking for the north west passage till the last 5 minutes of the last reel. An epic western, about major robert rogers, the tough frontiersman who led a grueling expedition to canada in 1759 to punish a fearsome indian tribe and seek a northwest passage to the pacific.
Book irogers rangers, american adventure film, released in 1940, that deals with events of the french and indian war, a theme rarely explored in film. Northwest passage by kenneth roberts, first edition. Told through the eyes of primary character langdon towne, much of the novel follows the exploits and character of robert rogers, the leader of rogers rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the british during the french and indian war. Northwest passage kindle edition by roberts, kenneth. Northwest passage volume 2 dvdr 1958 television on. It was based on the first part of kenneth robertss 1937 novel of the same name. The second half of the book follows major rogers further career in england and on the northwest frontier.
Despite the films largely unexamined belief in manifest destiny, its depiction of rogers as an inspiring leader of men is a tourdeforce for tracy, who must keep hope alive against incredible odds, and despite unstated personal fears and agonies. Northwest passage book i rogers rangers original title passed 2h 6min. Apr, 2020 but he also fought against american patriots in the revolution. Book 1 roger s rangers king vidor, 1940 the posters warned northwest passage was not suitable for children which it might be, with its stories of atrocities, men who fight with muskets and axes, and the good of the many philosophy.
When people watch a movie like northwest passage now. Based on the book by kenneth roberts and the 1940 mgm movie starring spencer tracy, northwest passage chronicles the adventures of major robert rogers keith larsen and his rangers. Tracy is superb as rogers, an inspiring leader who carries our attention and commands respect throughout the movie. The picture is based on a novel by kenneth roberts titled northwest passage 1937. The acting is superb, but it is characteristic of the era 1940, meaning it can be a bit. Army was interested in the tactics of the british commando units. He was a colonial frontiersman from new hampshire who fought in the british army during the fourth french and indian war and the american revolution. General amherst and major rogers inspect their men. Told through the eyes of primary character langdon towne, much of the novel follows the exploits and character of robert rogers, the leader of rogers rangers, who were a colonial force fighting with the british.
The first half of the book details an historical expedition of rogers and his rangers in 1759 during the french and indian war to destroy the abenaki indian village at st. Suggested reading jaegers battalion of rogers rangers. Tracy is earthy and eloquent as the frontier leader who knows no fear in a wilderness. North west passage, book 1 rogers rangers mgm, 1940. The picture is based on a novel by kenneth roberts titled northwest passage. Helping rogers, an experienced explorer and indian fighter, were hunk marriner, another experienced indian fighter, and langdon towne, a harvard graduate who was the map maker. His pursuit of the legendary northwest passage will become a consuming passion, again narrated by langdon towne. Clip from the 1940 movie northwest passage book i rogers rangers 126 min. Although, like booktomovies, some of the characters in the book have either been. Northwest passage book i rogers rangers is a film directed by king vidor with spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, ruth hussey, year.
Northwest passage book irogers rangers is the 1940 adventure score by herbert stothart, mgms premier composer in the 1930s and 40s, presented in nearly complete form from the monaural optical film masters, with a few otherwise lost cues added from the films musicandeffects track. Northwest passage book i rogers rangers original title. Northwest passage full title northwest passage book i. Five original stan rogers albums, fully remastered. This explains why the characters never actually make it to the northwest passage. This trip afoot took rogers nearly halfway across the continent. Northwest passage novel project gutenberg selfpublishing. Chris gudgeon is a celebrated author from victoria, british columbia. Adapted from a portion of the novel, dealing with an indian massacre by.
The northwest passage nwp is the sea route to the pacific ocean through the arctic ocean, along the northern coast of north america via waterways through the canadian arctic archipelago. The 28 rules of ranging are a series of rules and guidelines created by major robert rogers in 1757, during the french and indian war 175463. Northwest passage students britannica kids homework help. The screenwriters adapted the first half of the book about the rangers and there were plans to make a second movie to cover the second half of the book where there is a search for such a passage to the northwest of the future usa, but a second part was never made. Overview of northwest passage book irogers rangers, 1940, directed by king vidor, with spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, at turner classic movies. Rogers rangers is a 1940 film directed by king vidor, based on the 1937 novel by kenneth roberts the year is 1759. Northwest passage, american adventure film, released in 1940, that deals with. When the movie project was green lighted, this was supposed to be the first of possibly several movies. This first half of the book is easily the most interesting, rich in fairly accurate detail about rogers leadership and the audacious heroism of his rangers.
Northwest passage originally titled an unfinished conversation. We didnt record any activity between now and 1 week ago. With spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, ruth hussey. The opening scene of the 1940 film northwest passage is portsmouths peak cinematic moment. Love or hate him, rogers has close connections to portsmouth, nh. Did you know that rogers undertook with just two companies of rangers an equally legendary 1763 expedition into what was called the northwest the ohio territory to accept the surrender of the french posts to the british, who had in that year won the french and indian war. To the wilderness for northwest passage by behlmer, rudy. Northwest passage book irogers rangers kenneth robertss novel northwest passage chronicles the exploits of major robert rogers 17311795, who during the french and indian war raised and commanded an independent unit of lightinfantry soldiers attached to the british army known as rogers rangers. Rogers rangers is a 1940 film directed by king vidor, based on the 1937 novel by kenneth roberts.
As langdon gradually draws strength, wisdom, and experience from adversity, major rogers slowly crumbles before hardship. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. They won all of the other indian wars in new england too. Based on the kenneth roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join rogers rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy. Northwest passage, oysterband, runrig, bruce guthro, alan. Spencer tracy and robert young in northwest passage book i rogers rangers. A sequel was planned but never made, showing rogers deterioration and descent into debt and alcoholism in england after the war, as a loyalist increasingly out of tune with more proamerican colonists. Apr 04, 2011 kenneth roberts presents tragic hero robert rogers colonial indian fighter is central figure in great drama out of americas historic past the northwest passage, in the imagination of all free people, is a short cut to fame, fortune and romancea hidden route to golconda and the mystic east. An a cappella song, it features rogers alone singing the verses, with several guest vocalists harmonizing with him in the chorus. These greenclad frontiersmen served as the eyes and ears of the british army during the french and indian war, and played an integral role in england s conquest of new france.
Northwest passage book i rogers rangers 1940 filmaffinity. The second half of the book follows major rogers further career in england and. Northwest passage 1940 king vidor, jack conway, spencer. Northwest passage by stan rogers goodreads share book. Northwest passage book 1 roberts rangers 1940 spencer tracy robert young walter brennan ruth hussey nat pendleton based on novel by kenneth roberts directed by king vidor mgm movie poster. There is no search of a northwest passage in the movie. Langdon towne robert young, an aspiring artist, is kicked out of harvard law school for doing an offensive cartoon of the kings attorney, wiseman claggett.
Overview of northwest passage book i rogers rangers, 1940, directed by king vidor, with spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, at turner classic movies. Francis raid by rogers rangers, a light infantry group led by major robert rogers, played in the film by spencer tracy. Part of kenneth roberts novel was serialized in the saturday evening post, under the title rogers rangers 26 december 19366 february 1937. But he also fought against american patriots in the revolution. I have read the book too and the film reasonably accurately portrays the main. The american adventure film northwest passage 1940. Northwest passage is an historical novel by kenneth roberts, published in 1937. The book later served as the basis for a 1940 movie starring spencer tracy.
Northwest passage is a 1940 technicolor film, starring spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, ruth hussey, and others. Northwest passage is one of the bestknown songs by canadian musician stan rogers. Francis and their marches before and after the battle. The episodes told the story of their trials and tribulations searching for the northwest passage and their battles with both the french and indians during this war. Kenneth roberts historical novel northwest passage 1937 portrays the events of rogers rangers raid on the abenaki town of st. Book irogers rangers deals with events of the french and indian war, a theme rarely explored in film. Based on the kenneth roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join rogers rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the french and indian war.
Part of kenneth roberts novel was serialized in the saturday evening post, under the title rogers rangers 26 dec 19366 feb 1937. Rogers rangers shows that mgm and king vidor intended to complete the story in a second film, which was never made due to the lengthy production obstacles that plagued this film. Jan 01, 2001 this first half of the book is easily the most interesting, rich in fairly accurate detail about rogers leadership and the audacious heroism of his rangers. Francis, from where all the indian attacks on new england towns for many years had emanated.
One warm line the legacy of stan rogers special edition dvd, includes a newlyenhancedversion of the original film with neverbeforeseen special features. This is why the film northwest passage was subtitled book one. Northwest passage by kenneth roberts, first edition abebooks. It was the basis for the 1940 movie northwest passage, starring spencer tracy. See what the critics had to say and watch the trailer. The surrender of fort detroit made rogers a hero in england and america. Nov 12, 2006 a montage from cbcs the national featuring northwest passage used wpermission. Northwest passage recounts the adventures of rogers rangers, an 18thcentury expeditionary force charged with wiping out an indian tribe on the. The rules were originally written at rogers island in the hudson river near fort edward.
Based on kenneth roberts bestseller, legendary filmmaker king vidor tells the story of truelife explorer major robert rogers tracy, intrepid leader of the celebrated rogers rangers fighting force that took on one of the most challenging expeditions in military history, fighting against the british during the french and indian war. It turned out he was an indian aficionado, too, with the french and indian war 17541763 being one of his specialties. Buy northwest passage 1940 wb mgm region 2 pal edition vastly superior print to uk release from amazons movies store. More than 250 years ago, robert rogers wrote 28 rangers rules for guerilla warfare that are still being used by the u.
Set in colonial america during the french and indian war, historical novelist kenneth roberts northwest passage is an epic work about the largerthanlife major rogers and the artist langdon towne who joins rogers rangers. Northwest passage 1940 king vidor, jack conway, spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan march 24, 2019 based on the kenneth roberts novel of the same name, this film tells the story of two friends who join rogers rangers, as the legendary elite force engages the enemy during the french and indian war. Northwest passage book i rogers rangers 1940 movie. The unseen northwest passage itself serves as a sort of mythical quest object. The book structure itself uses the song, northwest passage by stan rogers and repeats the lines from the chorus throughout the book. Often employing techniques eschewed by the british regulars, the unit was. Rogers rangers, the green berets of colonial america, are recognized as one of the finest fighting forces the world has ever known. A robust 18th century iamgining but mostly based on fact of the famous rogers rangers.
Based on the truelife exploits of early american colonial frontiersman, robert rogers, who served in the british army during both the french and indian war and the american revolution, he. Northwest passage 1940 wb mgm region 2 pal edition vastly. Spencer tracy, robert young, walter brennan, ruth hussey. Northwest passage dvdr 1940 warner archive collection. Rogers is the guy who turned the tide in the last such war. Fogartys cove, turnaround, between the breaks live. And a famous film about rogers rangers opens in seacoast, new hampshire. The life and music of stan rogers is a wonderful collection of stories, memories, and facts on stans career and the people in his life. Northwest passage is a book about the explorers who venture into the northwest passage in canada.
Rogers rangers because king vidor intended to film the rest of the heros life in another film, which. The first half of the novel was adapted as the film northwest passage 1940. Trained as expert trackers and scouts, rogers rangers defend britains fort crown point during the french and indian wars of 17541763. It was based on the first part of kenneth robertss 1937 novel of the same name the story follows langdon towne played by robert young, a young man recently expelled from college who aspires to become. Call it a historical pastiche of life prior to the american revolution. Screenplay by laurence stallings, talbot jennings, based on the novel by kenneth roberts.373 914 312 781 107 1171 252 205 1524 671 1363 1163 966 713 1415 1106 1191 114 481 3 395 346 837 709 282 342 1120 91 247 989 4 1005 155 1473 1111 1243 81 488 922 111 286 1328