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The Squaw Man (1931)

Passed | | Western | 5 September 1931 (USA)
Jim Wyngate, an English aristocrat, comes to the American West under a cloud of suspicion for embezzlement actually committed by his cousin Lord Henry. In Wyoming, Wyngate runs afoul of ... See full summary »

Director:

Cecil B. DeMille (as Cecil B. De Mille)

Writers:

Edwin Milton Royle (by), Lucien Hubbard (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Jim Wingate - aka Jim Carston
Lupe Velez ... Naturich
Eleanor Boardman ... Lady Diana Kerhill
Charles Bickford ... Cash Hawkins
Roland Young ... Sir John Applegate
Paul Cavanagh ... Henry - Earl of Kerhill
Raymond Hatton ... Shorty
Julia Faye ... Mrs. Chichester Jones
DeWitt Jennings ... Sheriff Bud Hardy
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Big Bill (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Mitchell Lewis ... Tabywana
Dickie Moore ... Little Hal
Victor Potel ... Andy
Frank Rice ... Grouchy
Eva Dennison Eva Dennison ... Dowager Lady Kerhill
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Storyline

Jim Wyngate, an English aristocrat, comes to the American West under a cloud of suspicion for embezzlement actually committed by his cousin Lord Henry. In Wyoming, Wyngate runs afoul of cattle rustler Cash Hawkins by rescuing the Indian girl Naturich from Hawkins. Wyngate marries Naturich, but then learns that his cousin Lord Henry has been killed and has cleared his name before dying. As Wyngate has long loved Lady Diana, Lord Henry's wife, he is perplexed at his situation. But fate takes a hand and resolves matters as Wyngate could not have predicted. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Exilado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Raymond Hatton, who plays Shortty, had an uncredited role in the 1914 version of this film. See more »

Quotes

Henry - Earl of Kerhill: Don't you preach! You've no cause to complain. Diana will look lovely in black.
Jim Wingate - aka Jim Carston: As usual, you're thinking only of yourself. You'd like to blow your full brains out, wouldn't you? And leave Diana the widow of a coward as well as a thief.
Henry - Earl of Kerhill: I don't think she'd be a widow long. Do you?
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Version of The Squaw Man (1918) See more »

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Repeating Mistakes
13 February 2005 | by CineanalystSee all my reviews

Lupe Vélez proves that a Mexican playing a Native American in the United States isn't necessarily any less insulting than a white person taking the part. Here, Vélez doesn't even dress the part--wearing traditional Mexican-looking clothes. I would overlook the racism inherit in "The Squaw Man" melodrama--cloaked in the selling point of miscegenation--if there were anything more to the picture. Cecil B. DeMille was shot at while making the 1914 version of the hackneyed stage soap opera, and this time he lost his job. If anyone finds the 1918 version, I'll pass. Why did DeMille bother? In 1914, he was learning the craft; by 1931, he was a competent filmmaker, who had since surrendered his ambitions for artistic innovation in favor of lowbrow commercialism. I suppose, then, that it made sense for DeMille to try a talkie remake of his first box-office success. The plot is slightly more coherent this outing, but remains very contrived. The acting and dialogue are atrocious.

(There's also a scene where Vélez undresses.)


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