Renfrew on the Great White Trail

Renfrew on the Great White Trail

James Newill
Director: Albert Herman Cast: James Newill
James Newill
, Carolyn Hughes
Carolyn Hughes
, William Royle
William Royle
Albert Herman


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An uneven mix of '30s crook melodrama and Rose Marie-inspired mountie romance, Renfrew of the Royal Mounted of radio fame came to the screen in 1937, courtesy of the founder of Grand National, Edward L. Alperson. Chosen to play the strapping title role was James Newill, a Nelson Eddy wannabe whose introduction number, "Mounted Men," was almost a carbon copy of "Stout Hearted Men." Newill's Renfrew is assigned to look into a counterfeiting ring operating on the Canadian border with the United States. The ring is headed by lodge owner George Poulis (William Royle), who is coercing convicted engraver James Bronson (Herbert Corthell) into working for him. When Bronson's daughter, Virginia (Carol Hughes), discovers the truth, she convinces the engraver to flee. Renfrew, who has been chasing the crooks on horseback and by airplane, eventually saves the Bronsons from perishing in a meat locker. Filmed in Grand National's studios on Santa Monica Boulevard and at Big Bear Lake, CA, Renfrew of the Royal Mounted proved popular enough to warrant a series. Grand National collapsed two years later but the series was picked up by Monogram and a total of eight Renfrew movies were ultimately released. A former singer on the Burns & Allen radio program, James Newill later went on to co-star in PRC's "trio" series Texas Rangers, where he was reunited with Dave "Tex" O'Brien, who had played one of the crooks in Renfrew of the Royal Mounted.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
UPC: 0089218655295
Original Release: 1937
Source: Alpha Video
Region Code: 0
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:56:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Newill Renfrew
Carol Hughes Virginia Bronson
William Royle George Hollis
Donald Reed McDonald
William Austin Constable Holly
Dick Jones Tommy McDonald
Herbert Corthell Bronson
Kenneth Harlan Carroll
William Gould Inspector Newcomb
Lightning the Wonder Dog Actor
Dave "Tex" O'Brien Nolan
Bob Terry Duke
Richard Alexander Actor
Robert W. Frazer Actor
Richard Tucker Actor
Terry Walker Actor
Chief Thundercloud Pierre
Dwight Frye Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Albert Herman Director,Producer
Francis Corby Cinematographer
Gordon Griffith Producer
Arthur Kay Musical Direction/Supervision
Charles A. Logue Screenwriter
Holbrook Todd Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Renfrew of the Royal Mounted
2. Chapter 1 [9:25]
3. Chapter 2 [8:25]
4. Chapter 3 [8:29]
5. Chapter 4 [9:15]
6. Chapter 5 [8:13]
7. Chapter 6 [10:43]
1. Chapter 1 [1:13]
2. Chapter 2 [1:44]
3. Chapter 3 [2:47]
4. Chapter 4 [1:00]
5. Chapter 5 [1:28]

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