- The gritty police drama R.C.M.P./SYN/1959
followed the exploits of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment
stationed in the rural northern Saskatchewan town of Shamattawa.
R.C.M.P. officers on duty at this Northwestern division included:
- Gilles Pelletier as Corporal Jacques Gagnier
- Don Francks as rookie sidekick Constable Bill Mitchell.
- John Perkins as Constable Frank Scott
- William Bourne as Constable Wilson C
- Angus Baptiste as Special Constable Ben Aputagen
- Bernard McManus as Mayor Bill Cartwright
A typical day in the life of an R.C.M.P. officer in Shamattawa
might include searching for a wife-beater, a lost car, looking for the writers of bad checks, tracking a
killer, handling a disturbed teenage boy armed with six-shooters, fighting
machine-gun-totting bank robbers, rescuing a man trapped under an overturned oil
tanker, posing as a safety inspector at a paper mill, investigating a case of arsenic poisoning,
handling an medical emergency by performing an operation with the doctor giving instructions - by telephone,
or discovering bones under a bed.
Other times, the officers might find themselves deep in the Canadian
wilderness like the time
Corporal Gagnier discovers two criminals hiding out in backwoods cabin along
the Muskrat River. Or when Gagnier and Scott traveled a weeks journey by dog team from the Sandfly
trading post to rescue an injured trapper. And then there was the time the
officers investigated a report of an illicit still at an Indian Reservation.
In the end, despite the hardships and the trouble a criminal might give the
officers, the R.C.M.P. always got their man.
The series 39 episodes were the co-production the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the BBC in the United Kingdom
and Australian Broadcasting Commission and Crawley Films Production. The towns of Aylmer, Quebec and Outlook,
Saskatchewan were used as the backdrop for the fictional town of Shamattawa.
The R.C.M.P. motto (commonly thought to be "We always gets our
man") is actually "Maintiens le droit" (Uphold or Maintain the Right).
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, organized in
1873 as the Northwest Mounted Police, to bring law and order to the Canadian
frontier. It became known as the R.C.M.P. in 1920 and acts
as the country's federal police force in all provinces except Ontario and
Quebec, who have their own provincial law enforcement authorities. The R.C.M.P.
investigates such major crimes such as money laundering, counterfeiting,
organized crime, drug offenses, etc.
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