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The Conquerors (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 18 November 1932 (USA)
A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.



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Complete credited cast:
Roger Standish / Roger Lennox
Caroline Ogden Standish
Matilda Blake
Julie Haydon ...
Frances Standish Lennox
Warren Lennox
Walter Walker ...
Thomas B. Ogden
Roger Standish Jr. - One of the Twins
Frances Standish - One of the Twins
Harry Holman ...
Lane (as Jason Robards)


A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.

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Drama | Western


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18 November 1932 (USA)  »

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Pioneer Builders  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher had a major supporting role which wound up largely deleted before the film's release. He does appear, albeit uncredited, in the final film. See more »


A scene from inside the bank shows a streetcar passing by. But when the outside of the bank is viewed there are no streetcar tracks next to the bank. See more »


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A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Played at the movie theater
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Long, Long Ago
5 July 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A banker in old Nebraska strives to turn his town into a bastion of civilization & civility. Like THE CONQUERORS of the West before and after him he lets nothing stand in his way.

Here is a prime example of a very fine film which is virtually forgotten today. Unfairly compared to CIMARRON (1931) - with which it shares some of the same themes and performers - THE CONQUERORS is well able to stand on its own merits, among which first-rate production values and very fine acting are not the least. Certain sequences - the keelboat, the hanging of the outlaws, the opening of the new bank, the arrival of the first train - remain in the memory for a long time.

Covering the years 1873 to 1929, we watch the growth of Fort Allen, Nebraska, as seen through the life of banker Roger Standish, most effectively played by Richard Dix. This underrated actor creates a hero worth emulating, one who courageously strives to improve his society and protect his investors through the quiet dignity of his own character. As his wife, he is well-matched by actress Ann Harding, who provides a tower of strength and graciousness through every adversity.

Much of the story's laughter - and heartache - is provided through the wonderful pairing of Edna May Oliver, as the no-nonsense owner of the local hotel, and Guy Kibbee, as her alcoholic doctor husband. These two inimitable character actors effortlessly steal all of their scenes - as they would continue to do time & time again throughout the rest of the decade.

Movie mavens will recognize Elizabeth Patterson as Dix' sympathetic landlady and Robert Greig as the blasé Englishman at Miss Harding's auction sale, both uncredited.

David O. Selznick was the Executive Producer; the rousing music was composed by Max Steiner. Slavko Vorkapich, the Master of the Montage, provided the transitional effects.

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