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  • Actors: Paul Muni, Gene Tierney, Vincent Price
  • Directors: Irving Pichel
  • Writers: Art Arthur, Richard Collins, Lamar Trotti
  • Producers: Kenneth Macgowan, Darryl F. Zanuck
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSNYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This drama chronicles the foundation of the real life Hudson's Bay Trading Company of Canada, and the fur trapper that somehow convinced King Charles to finance the entire operation. There were many obstacles for the trapper to overcome including impending war with the natives and treachery on the part of a deceitful aristocratic. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By old time movie lover on September 11, 2012
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I fondly remember watching this movie on Long Island's television station WPIX back in the '50's when you could see an entire movie without hundreds of commercial interruptions. Seeing it again via DVD only served as a reminder as to what a good actor Paul Muni was. This was not one of his more memorable films but it was one that I very much enjoyed watching him act in. I would recommend this movie for people who do not complain that the picture is in "glorious black and white" or that every two minutes something is not getting blown up. This movie was made in the day when they wanted to tell a story through dialogue (that you could understand what they are actually saying) and good acting. It was good to see Vincent Price in a role before he went into horror movies as well as Gene Tierney and John Sutton at the beginning of their careers. I am so glad that 20th is finally opening up their archive vaults and hope to see more movies eventually released.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. James Gardner VINE VOICE on August 29, 2011
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Hudson's Bay is a 1940 black and white comedy adventure tale set in 1667 in Canada, providing a fanciful account of the settling of Hudson's Bay, 1.5 million square miles between Quebec and Manitoba, and the creation of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Paul Muni (1895-1967) stars as a French trader who is responsible for setting up the company. Muni was nominated for an Oscar his very first film, "The Valiant" in 1929, and 6 more times - "I am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932), "Black Fury" (1935), "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936), "The Life of Emile Zola" (1937), "The Last Angry Man" (1959). To be nominated 6 times over a period of 30 years is remarkable (and unmatched) itself, but this achievement is all the more meaningful when you realize that Muni made only 21 films, and furthermore, he wasn't nominated for "Scarface" (1932) or "The Good Earth" (1937) in which his performances were also exceptional.

Larger than life Laird Cregar (1913-44) often played villains in films like "I Wake up Screaming" (1941) and "The Lodger" (1944) but he could also play effectively in comedies like "Charley's Aunt" and "Rings on Her Fingers" (1942). My favorite Cregar performance was as Sir Henry Morgan in "The Black Swan" (1942). In this film he plays the comedy sidekick to Muni, and this is another one of his very good performances.

Gene Tierney (1920-91) is in the film so briefly it's hardly worth mentioning. She was nominated for an Oscar for "Leave Her to Heaven" (1944) and appeared in more than 40 films, the most notable of which were "Tobacco Road" (1941), "Laura" (1944), "Razor's Edge" (1946), and "The Left Hand of God" (1955). She was known for her escapades with famous personalities like Tyrone Power, Ally Kahn, and JFK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By paco on October 4, 2013
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A story of the Beaver trade discovery in Canada's Hudson Bay in the 1600's. Paul Muni and Laird Cregar are two French Trappers that make their living in the beautiful open spaces. They try to interest France to finance their exepedition to find the beaver source to share their riches for New France. They are ill treated by the authorities and as they protest a fight ensues. A angered court sends them to prision. While there thy meet a fellow inmate who tells them he is a outcast English nobleman that had offended the English King and was exiled. to the Americas. The Furtrappers share their Beaver dream and escape to the wilderness. With help of Indians they establish theirTrading Post . To help get additional finance for their needs, the Englishman and his two friends return to England to hopefully interest King Charles in the venture to establish a fort for England.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Scharfenberger on April 13, 2014
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As a "history nut" I may be biased, but the story of the Hudson's Bay Company and its efforts to secure the 17th century Canadian fur trade for England is a subject matter unfamiliar to most people. Solid performances by Paul Muni, Laird Cregar, John Sutton, Gene Tierney, and an impressive performance of King Charles II of England by a youthful Vincent Price. Altogether, a well-acted, visually satisfying, and well-paced film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene A. Graber on December 15, 2013
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My business partner loved this movie as a kid. He and his brother and viewing it with their friends now.
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By James R. Morrella on May 10, 2014
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Historical adventure about the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company. Paul Muni was a great actor and he holds it all together. On top of this you get to see an early Gene Tierney. It will take you from the wilds of Canada to France. Lots of fun.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By vernon egolf on August 23, 2012
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from the goldlen age of hollywood comes hudsons bay with paul muni this is a very good movie from 1940 the picture is very clear and sharp the sound track is excellent for being over 70 years old. you will enjoy this classic movie.
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