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The Conquerors (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 18 November 1932 (USA)
A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Howard Estabrook (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Roger Standish / Roger Lennox
Ann Harding ... Caroline Ogden Standish
Edna May Oliver ... Matilda Blake
Guy Kibbee ... Dr. Daniel Blake
Julie Haydon ... Frances Standish Lennox
Donald Cook ... Warren Lennox
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Thomas B. Ogden
Wally Albright ... Roger Standish - One of the Twins
Marilyn Knowlden ... Frances Standish - One of the Twins
Harry Holman ... Stubby
Jason Robards Sr. ... Lane (as Jason Robards)
E.H. Calvert ... Doctor
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Storyline

A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.

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Taglines:

Out of the Smoke of its Chimneys,Out of the Sweat of its Fields, Out of the Faith of its People The Unconquerable Soul of America Marches On! (Print Ad- Decorah Public Opinion,((Decorah, Iowa)) 1 December 1932)

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Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneer Builders See more »

Filming Locations:

Cooperstown, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher had a major supporting role which wound up largely deleted before the film's release. He does appear, albeit uncredited, in the final film. See more »

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As the stacks of coins tumble and fall, support rods can be seen moving behind them, assisting their collapse. See more »

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Features Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
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Inspiring
22 August 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

When you consider that the film was made in 1932 it is certainly impressive, especially with the intermittent montages to show the passage of time.

I'm a big fan of Ann Harding and this is one of her best films ("It Happened on 5th Ave" and "Magnificent Yankee" are my favorites). And you can never go wrong with Edna May Oliver and Guy Kibbee, although perhaps they lay it on a little strong in this one.

I've never been a fan of Richard Dix. I thought he was wooden. But in this film he ages 60 years and the elder Dix does a fine job. FWIW he has a few scenes with himself as a young man, and he appears to be mocking his own acting there as the young man. So I gained a new appreciation for him as an actor.

Another reason to watch the film is the director, Wild Bill Wellman, known for films like "Wings" (1927), "Public Enemy" (1931), "A Star is Born" (1937), "The Ox Bow Incident" (1943), "The Story of GI Joe" (1945), and "The High and the Mighty" (1954) among many others.

Seen in the context of 1932, with Herbert Hoover in the White House, the economy still slipping, banks continuing to fail, etc. this is one brave film.


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