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The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  15 February 1914 (USA)
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A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

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Monroe Salisbury ...
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Mrs. A.W. Filson ...
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Red Wing ...
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Fred Montague ...
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Storyline

Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each other from the evil cattle rustler Cash Hawkins and marry. Lady Diana shows up to announce Sir Henry's death. After Nat-U-Rich's suicide Wynnegate takes his half-breed son and Lady Diana back to England as the new Earl of Kerhill. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 February 1914 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor de Índio  »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$244,700 (USA)
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Interiors were filmed on an open-air soundstage, built off of a barn. The L-shaped barn was built in 1901 and stood on the corner of Selma and Vine Streets in Hollywood. The stage was connected to one wing of the barn which was destroyed by a nitrate fire in 1918. The main portion of the barn has survived and now stands across the street from the entrance to the Hollywood Bowl. The barn serves as the home of the Hollywood Heritage museum. See more »

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Early in the film, when Captain James Wynnegate (played by Dustin Farnum) is on board the sailing ship, he writes a note asking that a "check" enclosed with the note be cashed for him. Since Captain Farnum is an Englishman, he would have spelled the word as "cheque", the standard British spelling. (Moreover, the handwriting in the note is scarcely that of an educated British military officer: the lines of writing are crooked and the letters are crudely formed.) See more »

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Captain James Wynnegate: I'm broke. Tell the boys I'll pay 'em somehow.
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The first Hollywood feature?
6 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

History seems to consider The Squaw Man to be Hollywood's first feature-length film. However, Custer's Last Fight (Francis Ford, 1912*) runs at just under an hour. I'd consider that feature-length. And it was made in Hollywood. So, I dunno.

In any event, this is a really important film, historically, and Cecil B. DeMille's first feature--and his first film, period. Supposedly, he hadn't even seen a film until shortly before he made this. It totally shows.

It's kind of a clumsy jumble of scenes taken from a book. There's no real cinematic logic or flow. There are lots of scenes of people just standing around talking--which doesn't really work in a silent film, especially without many intertitles. Characters were hard to tell apart, because they were mostly filmed in long shot. I found it all somewhat difficult to follow, although I guess I got the gist.

Still, some of the individual scenes are interesting. I suppose the theme of interracial marriage was probably notable for the time (and its outcome predictable). And the film ws mostly filmed on location, which made it a bit easier to watch. I don't imagine I'll ever feel a burning desire to see this again, but it was worthwhile seeing once as an historical document.

C. B. DeMille did learn his craft quickly. By 1915, he was doing vastly better work than this (Carmen, The Cheat).

5.5/10

* Although the version I saw was a 1920s reissue, and it's possible it had some footage added, but it seems unlikely, because that almost certainly would have been jarringly obvious.


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