CANADIAN PACIFIC (Released to Theaters USA 1949)

 Ben Meyers’ Rating: 3.5|5.0 Starsììì

Canadian Pacific—dead on arrival—cooks its acting, portrayal, and story to un-edible. Actors and actresses have learned their dialogue lines to the point where they are waiting for the other person to stop talking so they can say their parts. No acting involved, just rote memorization that delivers a completely fallen flat cake piece of entertainment. The audio is exceptionally poor and needs subtitles to overcome its audio. Simple, cliched story that relies on restorative work to color has one black and white scene at the end that does not use Cinacolor to change the black and white scene. Not worth its watch even as an academic watch. This tale of the building of the Canadian railway tells the same story as the American tale of building the transcontinental railway system, but the American story is more interesting.


Building a Canadian railway, despite conflict from a fearmonger riling the natives to fight against it, creates difficulties.

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Edwin L. Marin for directing effort. Thank you to Producer Nat Holt for making the film possible. Cast includes Randolph Scott, Jane Wyatt, and J. Carrol Naish.

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

No. The film could be skipped for other stories about difficulties encountered when building railway systems. Randolph Scott’s romantic advances toward two different women at the same time is distasteful at best. 

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