Renfrew hit the movie screens in 1937, when singing cowboys were all the rage and a year after Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy sand their way through Rose-Marie. The die had been cast and Renfrew was fated to become a singing Mountie. The title role went to James Newell, an opera-trained radio singer; Newell was featured in all eight films in the Renfrew series. The romantic interest was provided by Carol Hughes (later Dale Arden in 1940's Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe) as 19-year-old Virginia Bronson. Songs are sung. Dirty work is afoot. And counterfeiters are smuggling phony money inside frozen trout.
As a precursor to Sergeant Preston of the Yukon, Renfrew has a dog named
In 1953, the films were re-edited for a syndicated television series.
Enjoy this "Northerner" directed by Albert Herman and scripted by Charles Logue.