The Deerslayer (1913)

Wah-Ta-Wah, or Hist, the lady-love of Chingachgook, a Delaware chief, has been captured by the warlike Hurons. Chingachgook asks the aid of Deerslayer, a white man brought up among the ... See full synopsis »

Writers:

James Fenimore Cooper (novel), Eugene Mullin (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Harry T. Morey ... Deerslayer
Wallace Reid ... Chingachgook
Ethel Dunn Ethel Dunn ... Hist
Hal Reid ... Hurry Harry March
Edward Thomas Edward Thomas ... Thomas Hutter
Evelyn Dumo Evelyn Dumo ... Judith Hutter (as Evelyn Dominicus)
Florence Turner ... Hettty Hutter
William F. Cooper William F. Cooper ... Chief Rivenoak
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Wah-Ta-Wah, or Hist, the lady-love of Chingachgook, a Delaware chief, has been captured by the warlike Hurons. Chingachgook asks the aid of Deerslayer, a white man brought up among the Indians, in rescuing her, and. the two men arrange to meet at Lake Otsego, then called Glimmerglass. Deerslayer sets out for the meeting place, accompanied by Hurry Harry March, a trapper, who acts as his guide. Hurry takes him to meet Hotter, another hunter, who has established a permanent home on the lake. With his two daughters, Judith and Hetty, Hutter lives in a peculiar fortress, called the Castle, set on piles in the middle of the lake, and also spends much of the time on a strange vessel called The Ark, similar to the Castle, but built on a scow. It is on this vessel, fishing up a small stream, that they are found by Deerslayer and Hurry Harry. The two men receive a hearty welcome from Judith, who is betrothed to Harry and who at once greatly admires the evident strength of Deerslayer. News ...

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 May 1913 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cooperstown, New York, USA

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This version of "The Deerslayer" is the only one to be filmed on Otsego Lake (Glimmerglass in the novels) where the story takes place. Both "The Deerslayer" and "The Pioneers" take place in Cooperstown, New York. See more »

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Version of The Deerslayer (1943) See more »

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Not a Killer
3 July 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This early effort by Vitagraph in the way of a feature film -- the surviving print times in at three-quarters of an hour, immensely long for the era -- fails because it relies far too much on titles to tell its story -- it uses the even then antiquated techniques of 'illustrated text'. While the photography is as good as anything in the period, the actors have little more to do than pose, and the entire piece is framed as a troop of boy scouts sit around a camp fire and listen to one of their number read the story from a book.

Director/writer/costar Hal Reid would eventually learn to do better and Wallace Reid, who plays Chingachcook, would eventually become a leading star for Paramount, but this early effort at greater lengths merely highlights how far the industry had to go.


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