DeMille's 'Mounted Police' Had Cooper Shouting 'Rangers!'

By Inman, David | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, December 3, 2012 | Go to article overview

DeMille's 'Mounted Police' Had Cooper Shouting 'Rangers!'


Inman, David, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Question: I remember an old movie with Gary Cooper as a Texas Ranger in Canada looking for an outlaw. What I remember about the movie is that his Canadian friends kept introducing him as from the "Texas constabulary," to which he kept responding "Rangers!" Can you tell me the name of the movie, and if it's on DVD?

Answer: That's the 1940 film "North West Mounted Police," directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The cast also includes Paulette Goddard, Madeleine Carroll, Preston Foster and Robert Preston. And it's on DVD.

Q: As a young boy in the early 1970s, I have a vague memory of a scary movie from which I remember only one scene. I believe the movie was in black and white, but that may have just been the dreariness of the scenery. It is a scene in which a person is strapped down in a dungeon with a large blade slowly lowering as it swings back and forth over the captive. Any information you can offer on the movie and its availability would be appreciated.

A: Sounds like the 1961 film "The Pit and the Pendulum," based on the Edgar Allan Poe story. It's directed by B-movie master Roger Corman and stars Vincent Price, Luana Anders, Barbara Steele and John Kerr. And, it's on DVD.

Q: I once saw a brief Laurel and Hardy bit on TV that has remained with me. I still laugh when I think about it, but I have never been able to find to find it. The circus they were working for was bankrupt. Since the owner could not pay them, he told them to take whatever they wanted. Hardy chose a very short ape wearing a tutu and Laurel chose a flea circus. I'd like to know the title, and if it is on DVD.

A: That's the 1932 short film "The Chimp," and it is available in the DVD package "Laurel and Hardy: The Essential Collection. …

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