Cinema: The New Pictures: Mar. 4, 1940

Northwest Passage (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is a grim reminder to pale faces with an atavistic itch to bag an Indian that potting "those red hellions up there" is all work and no play. So Rogers' Rangers (a band of buckskinned vigilantes) find out when (circa 1759) they put themselves in Spencer Tracy's calloused hands, shove off with him and Captain Ogden (Truman Bradley) in whaleboats for a little massacre of the Abenaki Indians.

The expedition has to drag its heavy boats over forested hills to avoid the French on Lake Champlain; sloshes waist-deep in mosquito-infested...

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