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The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 15 February 1914 (USA)
A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

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Edwin Milton Royle (play), Cecil B. DeMille (picturized by) (as Cecil B. De Mille) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Farnum ... Capt. James Wynnegate - aka Jim Carston
Monroe Salisbury ... Sir Henry - Earl of Kerhill
Winifred Kingston ... Lady Diana - Countess of Kerhill
Mrs. A.W. Filson Mrs. A.W. Filson ... The Dowager Lady Elizabeth Kerhill
Haidee Fuller Haidee Fuller ... Lady Mabel Wynnegate
Red Wing ... Nat-U-Ritch
Foster Knox Foster Knox ... Sir John
Fred Montague Fred Montague ... Mr. Petrie
'Baby' Carmen De Rue ... Hal (as Baby de Rue)
Fernando Gálvez Fernando Gálvez ... Sir John Applegate
Eugene De Rue Eugene De Rue ... Lieutenant
H.R. Macy H.R. Macy ... Lieutenant
H.L. Swisher H.L. Swisher ... Lieutenant
Michael J. Kilpatrick Michael J. Kilpatrick ... Lieutenant
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Dean of Trenton
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Storyline

Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each other from the evil cattle rustler Cash Hawkins and marry. Lady Diana shows up to announce Sir Henry's death. After Nat-U-Rich's suicide Wynnegate takes his half-breed son and Lady Diana back to England as the new Earl of Kerhill. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de Índio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$533,446
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Commonly accepted as the first feature length film to be made in Hollywood, CA. Short films such as In Old California (1910) had previously been made in the neighborhood. See more »

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Early in the film, when Captain James Wynnegate (played by Dustin Farnum) is on board the sailing ship, he writes a note asking that a "check" enclosed with the note be cashed for him. Since Captain Farnum is an Englishman, he would have spelled the word as "cheque", the standard British spelling. (Moreover, the handwriting in the note is scarcely that of an educated British military officer: the lines of writing are crooked and the letters are crudely formed.) See more »

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Big Bill: Get a-goin', Bud, and don't stop to pick flowers!
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Alternate Versions

A seemingly unrestored print aired 5 April 2004 on Turner Classic Movies with a new orchestral score by H. Scott Salinas. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961) See more »

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Dull, Dated, Bleak, but Nonetheless a Must-See Western!
22 April 2008 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

A western with dull if bleak scenery and costumes that look mighty strange (though doubtless the real items), this is an interesting example of early film-making, but one that will delight mainly critics and historians rather than the general movie fan.

The dated, old-hat story is a little difficult to follow at first because the two cousins, James and Henry, are understandably lookalikes, and neither actor has the skills to differentiate himself. In fact, it's hard to believe that stolid Dustin Farnum had a big stage reputation as he displays little charisma or ability here. However, he doubtless improved because he made another forty movies before retiring in 1926. (He married his leading lady here, Winifred Kingston, in 1924).

The rest of the players run rings around Farnum in "The Squaw Man". Red Wing is reasonably effective as the real heroine of the piece, but it's personable Dick LaReno, here making his first of 81 movies, who really impresses as our hero's foreman—not the sheriff who is played by either Dick Palace or W.H. Stratton. And I think that's Art Acord playing the deputy. It's hard to tell because there are no close-ups. Each scene is filmed with either a static long shot or medium group shot. And there is virtually no camera movement apart from a few slight pans.


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