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Allegheny Uprising (1939)

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In British colonial America, Captain Swanson's adherence to the rules results in Trader Callendar's selling to the Indians under cover of a government permit. Jim Smith won't sit still for ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janie
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Jim Smith
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Capt. Swanson
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Callendar
Wilfrid Lawson ...
MacDougall
Robert Barrat ...
Duncan
John F. Hamilton ...
Professor
Moroni Olsen ...
Calhoon
Eddie Quillan ...
Anderson
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M'Cammon
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Poole
Wallis Clark ...
McGlashan
Monte Montague ...
Morris
Olaf Hytten ...
Eddy Waller ...
Jailer
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In British colonial America, Captain Swanson's adherence to the rules results in Trader Callendar's selling to the Indians under cover of a government permit. Jim Smith won't sit still for that. He organizes troopers to dress up as Indians and intercept the shipments which, of course, gets him thrown in jail. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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10 November 1939 (USA)  »

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Allegheny Frontier  »

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The shooting demonstration done in court was described as taking place at twenty paces. Twenty paces is equal to approximately 60 feet; the shots fired in the film were at approximately 20 feet. See more »

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The Professor: Men, we've fought and won. But in winning we have lost something. In defending one law, we've come to despise all law. And if you go on like this, we'll destroy the very thing we fight for.
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This is a tale, laid in the Allegheny Mountains, of Jim Smith and his black boys, loyal subjects of His Majesty King George III - and their fight against the Delaware Indians in the year 1759. See more »

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Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Music traditional - English origin (ca. 1755)
Sung by the men at MacDougall's tavern
Reprised by the men after the trial
Variations in the score throughout
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Excellent History of Early America
2 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pre-Revolutionary War frontier movie, when central Pennsylvania was still the frontier; this is a wonderful JOHN WAYNE adventure movie. The main problem is that lovely Claire Trevor wants John Wayne, but Wayne might just as soon keep his freedom. Problem #2 is that bad guys led by Brian Donlevy are into selling liquor and booze to the Indians while the Indians are at war with the settlers.

If you have a choice, see this movie colorized. RKO ought to have made it in color to begin with, but color films were few in 1939. The color is excellent. It enhances the Pennsylvania countryside, the British redcoats, etc. Not all colorizing is great, but this is A+.

Most films made in 2006 and 2007 will have a commercial life of maybe 6 to 9 months; to be forgotten forever. Nobody will be searching in 50 years for any of the junk in today's multiplex. Allegheny Uprising is just one of many films made in 1939 that have endured for 68 years. Released, re-released, re-released again. Then shown on TV, sold on VHS, on DVD. Quality endures, junk dies fast.


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