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Hudson's Bay (1941)

Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.


Irving Pichel


Lamar Trotti


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Muni ... Pierre Esprit Radisson
Gene Tierney ... Barbara Hall
Laird Cregar ... Gooseberry
John Sutton ... Lord Edward Crewe
Virginia Field ... Nell Gwyn
Vincent Price ... King Charles II
Nigel Bruce ... Prince Rupert
Morton Lowry ... Gerald Hall
Robert Greig ... Sir Robert
Chief Thundercloud ... Orimha
Frederick Worlock ... English Governor
Florence Bates ... Duchess (scenes deleted)
Montagu Love ... Governor D'Argenson
Ian Wolfe ... Mayor
Chief John Big Tree ... Chief


Highly fictionalized early history of Canada. Trapper/explorer Radisson imagines an empire around Hudson's Bay. He befriends the Indians, fights the French, and convinces King Charles II to sponsor an expedition of conquest.

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Release Date:

3 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les trappeurs de l'Hudson See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gooseberry: You know, just one thing still very funny. You remember in Albany, its governor he say we are rogues? In Quebec, this French governor he say we are rogues. And now this King Sherwood, very smart fellow, he say the same thing.
Pierre Esprit Radisson: Oui?
Gooseberry: Do... Maybe he's right. Maybe we are rogues.
Pierre Esprit Radisson: Certainement. You never knew this before?
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Referenced in Book Revue (1946) See more »

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Not bad.
13 December 2015 | by Jgirl2688See all my reviews

First of all, I tracked down this film because of the cast. This film boasts Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Paul Muni, and Nigel Bruce, which sounds like a great treat. Unfortunately, the film fails them. You can see each of them struggling to bring this movie to life with each line they deliver, but it just isn't enough. Although I was happy to see these stars, the film in its entirety isn't worth watching for most.

The film tells the story of an Englishman from the courts of King Charles II, who is exiled to Canada, and meets up with fur traders in jail. He bands together with them to hatch a scheme that will get him back in good standing with the king and his friends back home. This involves a lot of hard work, and some meddling in their business by the French government in Canada who want their cut of the money. They find their way to England and explain to the king what their idea is. Eventually, he agrees to their plans, although there are still some squabbles and fights along the way. I wont tell how it ends, but it isn't hard to tell whether or not they succeed.

As you may have guessed by my description, this is a fictionalized account of the history of fur traders. If you aren't interested in Canadian, Indian, or American history of this time period, or maybe even if you are, this is going to be a boring movie to watch. Many times, there are scenes of exposition to explain what was going on in history at the time. Either that, or characters sit around and talk for a long time about laws, rules, and their future plans. There just isn't enough action for a film that is supposed to have adventure as well as history.

The only reason why I didn't give this film a lower score was the actors. They really tried their hardest. Even those who played the Indians and the French gave better performances than they needed to. I was happy to see that each nation was represented fairly as well. Other films around this time period might not have shown as much respect, or would have used stereotypical behavior. So, that was a plus.

Overall, it isn't one of the worst historical adventure films I have seen. It certainly isn't a good one either, unfortunately. Because it is stuck in that limbo of 'just okay' films, it's been forgotten about by audiences for a long time. I'm not saying that this is a forgotten gem we need to resurrect, but if you are a die hard fan of these actors, like me, you should check it out if you can.

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