The third installment in low-budget producer Lindsley Parson's "Chinook" series, Snow Dog was ostensibly based on pulp writer James Oliver Curwood's 1915 short-story "The Tentacles of the North," which was also the working title. Kirby Grant again played Rod McDonald of the Canadian Royal Mounted, and once again the vehicle was stolen by his canine sidekick, the white malamute Chinook. This time, Rod and Chinook are tracking a mysterious white wolf, thought to have killed several of the local traders. The wolf, who bears a startling resemblance to Chinook, is suspected of guarding the White Woods, an area containing several hidden mines. At first Chinook is accused of being the ferocious killer, but with the help of Louis (Rick Vallin) and his sister Andrée (Elena Verdugo), Rod proves that the mysterious wolf is a wild animal captured and trained by a gang seeking to locate the valuable mines. When a captured Louis refuses to produce a secret map to the mines, his sister is abducted by treacherous Indian nurse Red Feather (Jane Adrian). Chinook, of course, tracks down the kidnap victims and Rod can soon arrest the real force behind the killings, Dr. McKenzie (Milburn Stone), Red Feather's supposedly kindhearted boss. As in the two previous Chinook films, leading man Kirby Grant, a former Universal star, left much of the action in the hands of a younger co-star, in this instance Rick Vallin. A remake of the silent Tentacles of the North (1926), Snow Dog was filmed on locations in Southern California's San Bernardino Mountains.
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