Over the past few years I've been slowly tracking down the few films by Spanish filmmaker (and creator of the Blind Dead films) Amando de Ossorio that I have yet to see. I finally watched one of his two westerns tonight and enjoyed it for it's slight pleasures. It's part of one of my favorite western sub-genres - films about the Canadian Mounted Police! It's a tiny subset of westerns but I love it so!
Very much a Euro-Western made before the release of Sergio Leone's worldwide hit A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (1964) changed everything, Ossorio's REBELS IN CANADA (1965) is cut from a very different cloth. Released under half a dozen titles including Three From Colorado, Massacre on the
Hudson River and
Canadian Wilderness it tells the story of Canadian trapper Victor DeFrois
(George Martin) who, in a fit of vengeful anger at the English fur-dealer
responsible for his brother's death, joins a rebel group fighting the Mounted
Police. The rebels are trying to oust the British influence from the country in
an attempt to control their fortunes and their future. To achieve this goal
they kidnap the villainous businessman's very blonde daughter and stash her in
the woods with Victor as her guard. Eventually these two star-crossed people
fall in love (like ya do) and fight to find a way to live together in this terrible
It was nice to see the lovely Diana Lorys in a solid role as Victor's old flame who seeks revenge on him for leaving her in lurch with his new blonde woman. She is good here giving off a sense of native menace and is convincing in her final battle with another female character. Lorys was famous at the time as a key cast member of Jess Franco's THE AWFUL DR. ORLOFF (1962) and would go on to star in Ossorio's FANGS OF THE LIVING DEAD (1969) and turn in a memorable performance in Aured's BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL (1974).