In the 1950s and ’60s, Tourneur increasingly turned to television work, directing several episodes of the short-lived series Northwest Passage, three of which comprise this rollicking, feature-length adventure. Set during the French and Indian War, Frontier Rangers traces the exploits of intrepid partisan fighter Major Robert Rogers (Keith Larsen) as he tracks down an enemy spy, rescues a trio of women (including Angie Dickinson) from indentured servitude, and sets out to discover the mythic Northwest Passage. Despite the project’s small-screen origins, Tourneur’s touch shines through in the scenic splendor and typically expert choreography of action and movement. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.
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