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Cecil B. DeMille
In 1763, felon Abby Hale is sentenced to slavery in America. In Virginia, heroic Capt. Holden buys her, intending to free her, but villain Garth foils this plan, and Abby toils at Dave Bone's tavern. Garth is fomenting an Indian uprising to clear the wilderness of settlers, giving him a monopoly of the fur trade. Holden discovers Garth's treachery, but cannot prove anything against him. Can Holden and Abby save Fort Pitt from the Senecas? Many hairbreadth escapes. Written by
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This extraordinary movie tells about the struggle between the settlers and the Indians circa 1760 set in what's now western Pennsylvania; but at the time was the edge of our western frontier.
Filmed on a grand scale when Hollywood was still using the original and outstanding 3-strip Technicolor that required a camera about half the size of an automobile, these films stand up strong in comparison to the high-tech cameras of 2007; in my opinion the finished product of old Technicolor is superior.
Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard and a great cast deliver solid performances throughout. A 2 hour 29 minute movie was a long one in 1947, but there's not a dull or wasted moment.
A couple of things worth additional comment: Paulette Goddard plays a runaway slave, and there are about 2 dozen slaves in the movie; every one is a White person. Besides that, the slavery is in the North. Yeegods! How many young people (or adults) today know they had White slaves, or that Northern states had slaves (even during the Civil War and AFTER!) Shut my mouth! The Thought Police will have my neck! Second, the Indians (oops, Native Americans) aren't all sweetness and light, as portrayed in recent revisionist-history movies. Herein the Indians are cruel and savage, besides being liars. They enjoy killing Whites, and do it with a maximum of cruelty, particularly with women and children. Having 30 or 40 alleged "men" torturing a tied-up White woman, a prelude to burning her alive, is not only historically more accurate than today's movies; but it's disgusting human conduct by any standard.
Even more shocking by 2007 standards is that men smoke tobacco often in Unconquered --- and not just the bad guys.
In 1947, most movies played 1 or 2 days at the Silver, with big hits playing 3 days. Unconquered played 4 days, Wednesday thru Saturday, the first picture so honored at my neighborhood theater.
Cecil B. deMille was a small man physically, but a GIANT among filmmakers. This wonderful movie --- one of his best --- is a recent DVD release.
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