Man of Conquest (1939)

Approved  |   |  Biography, History, Romance  |  15 May 1939 (USA)
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The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.


(as George Nicholls Jr.)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gail Patrick ...
Margaret Lea
Edward Ellis ...
Eliza Allen
Robert Barrat ...
David Crockett
Lannie Upchurch (as George Hayes)
C. Henry Gordon ...
Santa Ana
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Sarah Lea
Pedro de Cordoba ...
Max Terhune ...
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Allen
Ferris Taylor ...
Jonas Lea


The story of Sam Houston, hero of the Texas revolution, statesman, and first president of the Republic of Texas.

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Release Date:

15 May 1939 (USA)  »

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Rache für Alamo  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA High Fidelity Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Solid biography of Sam Houston - a rare slice of American History

This solid and impressive biography of Sam Houston reveals a slice of American History that is rarely investigated, the presidency of Andrew Jackson, the US government's treatment of the Cherokee tribe, and the annexation of Texas. It's all fascinating and quite well done - in fact this is probably the most honored film to come out of Republic Studios - three Oscar noms (Art Direction, Sound, Score) with only the latter by Victor Young really deserving of the honor. Richard Dix is perfectly cast as the homespun, Native American-loving frontiersman, whose on again/off again career in politics is nurtured by father figure, Andrew Jackson. Joan Fontaine appears briefly as his first wife. Gail Patrick does well as his second. Most impressive is the supporting performance of character actor, Edward Ellis, as Jackson. The film did deserve its nom for Score and should have also been recognized for its editing - the montage sequences are quite fine. All in all, this rare film is very worth watching.

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