JOAN LESLIE: NORTHWEST STAMPEDE (1948)

Cute, capable, and crafty in Calgary, Canada—that’s charismatic Joan Leslie as beautiful ranch foreman and rodeo competitor “Christine ‘Honey’ Johnson” in NORTHWEST STAMPEDE (1948). “And, truth to tell, she lights up well” in her first starring role in a color Western movie and only her second screen appearance after her principled revolt against and departure from Warner Bros.

This is the complete movie—full of charm, beauty, conflict, and spirited action in the great Canadian outdoors.

Strapping James Craig plays the restless hero; Jack Oakie and Chill Wills lend their inimitable talents to comedic, but caring supporting roles; an elusive white stallion (“Blizzard”) and resourceful German Shepherd mix (“Flame the Wonder Dog”) also feature prominently.

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