Unconquered

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Unconquered
Unconqueredposter.jpg
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byCharles Bennett
Fredric M. Frank
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Jeanie Macpherson (uncredited)
Based onnovel by Neil H. Swanson
Narrated byCecil B. DeMille
StarringGary Cooper
Paulette Goddard
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyRay Rennahan
Editing byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release datesSeptember 24, 1947
Running time146 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4 million[1]
Box office$5,250,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]
 
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Unconquered
Unconqueredposter.jpg
Directed byCecil B. DeMille
Produced byCecil B. DeMille
Written byCharles Bennett
Fredric M. Frank
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Jeanie Macpherson (uncredited)
Based onnovel by Neil H. Swanson
Narrated byCecil B. DeMille
StarringGary Cooper
Paulette Goddard
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyRay Rennahan
Editing byAnne Bauchens
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release datesSeptember 24, 1947
Running time146 min.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$4 million[1]
Box office$5,250,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals)[2]

Unconquered is a 1947 adventure film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, released by Paramount Pictures, and starring Gary Cooper and Paulette Goddard. The film depicts the violent struggles between American colonists and Native Americans on the western frontier in the mid-18th century during the time of Pontiac's Rebellion, primarily around Fort Pitt (modern-day Pittsburgh). [3]

The supporting cast features Boris Karloff, Cecil Kellaway, Ward Bond, Katherine DeMille, C. Aubrey Smith and Mike Mazurki.

Plot summary[edit]

Based on Neil Swanson's Unconquered, a Novel of the Pontiac Conspiracy, the film focuses on "Abby" Hale (Paulette Goddard), who is condemned to death by a British court, then offered clemency if she will become an indentured servant in America. There is a bidding competition between Captain Christopher Holden (Gary Cooper) and Martin Garth (Howard Da Silva), which Holden wins. He then sets her free. Unfortunately, Garth is a sore loser; he kidnaps Abby and takes her to the western frontier, where he is involved in illegal arms sales to the Native Americans. Soon, Holden becomes involved in the conflict with the warring tribes and is reunited with Abby; he also has further confrontations with Garth and his henchman (Mike Mazurki).

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Home video[edit]

The film is available on DVD issued by Universal Pictures.

The "White Slave" letter[edit]

The original Neil Swanson novel, on which the film was based, was prefaced by an excerpt from a genuine historical document, providing much of the background: a letter concerning the Holdens of Virginia, written by one of their descendants in the frontier village of St. Anthony in Minnesota, at the great falls of the Mississippi, in the summer of 1862 - a century after the time of the plot.

"My great-grandmother was a slave. She was white. She was an English girl. Yet she was exhibited and sold at auction, not by barbarous Algerian but by the brutal laws of her own people. For it was even possible, in those days, for a man who had grown weary of his wife to put a rope around her neck, lead her to a public market, and there sell her.

This girl was a virgin. She was accused of murder, tried, found guilty, sentenced to the gallows-and then given the harsh choice of death by hanging or of slavery. (In a court in London) To live was to hope. She chose life, and so became the property of a man who lusted for her, though he had a wife.

She was young when these things happened-only seventeen-and it is said that she was very lovely. I tell you of her so that you may see how far a journey we have come from the day when, in America, a white girl could be sold and bought as you would sell or buy a cow, a horse, a dog - could be lawfully and publicly stripped naked, whipped, shamed, and degraded" ([1]).

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Biggest Film Firm: Paramount's Puzzler: Will Attendance Slide Be Brief or Prolonged? BY JOSEPH W. TAYLOR Staff Correspondent of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. Wall Street Journal (1923 - Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 July 1947: 1.
  2. ^ "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  3. ^ Stephen Jacobs, Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster, Tomohawk Press 2011 p 318-319

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