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The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | 4 September 1936 (USA)
As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil... See full summary »

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writers:

James Fenimore Cooper (novel), Philip Dunne (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Hawkeye
Binnie Barnes ... Alice Munro
Henry Wilcoxon ... Major Duncan Hayward
Bruce Cabot ... Magua
Heather Angel ... Cora Munro
Phillip Reed ... Uncas
Robert Barrat ... Chingachgook
Hugh Buckler Hugh Buckler ... Colonel Munro
Willard Robertson ... Captain Winthrop
William Stack William Stack ... General Montcalm
Lumsden Hare ... General Abercrombie
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... David Gamut
Will Stanton ... Jenkins
William V. Mong ... Sachem
Art Dupuis Art Dupuis ... De Levis
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Storyline

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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James Fenimore Cooper's Greatest Tale Of Rousing Adventure!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Mohikaner See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Phillip Reed and Robert Barrat were forced to shave their normally hairy chests for their roles in this film as Mohicans. See more »

Goofs

At the door of the prison in Fort William Henry, there is a large bolt on the outside of the door while the hoops into which it would side is fitted to the inside wall. See more »

Quotes

Hawkeye: Major, any reward I got coming from you - I can do without.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on a rock, with rock art (petroglyphs). See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a colourised version See more »

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Soundtracks

The British Grenadiers
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Forgotten 1930s Gem and Randolph Scott's best film
22 February 2017 | by brendan-36-949960See all my reviews

Although I am a committed movie buff of many decades experience now, I had somehow never seen this famous old adventure flick until I acquired the excellent Hen's Tooth DVD of it for Christmas.

It proved to be a delightful surprise and far better than I was expecting. As an independent production, it may have lacked the big budget production values of a Warner or MGM film, but it still managed to look impressive, with some clever use of glass shots, hanging miniatures and other film tricks.

It is only 92 minutes long yet packs an astonishing amount of incident for its length, all helped along by a throbbing music score that relies heavily on judicious borrowings from Max Steiner's famous score for KING KONG, which surprisingly fits the action rather well.

An excellent cast of 1930s favourites is led by a young Randolph Scott who makes a terrific Hawkeye and clearly enjoys himself in the role.

1936 was an interesting year for him. Not yet typecast in "oaters", he made, in rapid succession, a big musical (Follow the Fleet with Astaire and Rogers) a sexy comedy (Go West Young Man with Mae West)and this, which was a logical follow-up to the previous year's SHE. He was a much better actor and more versatile than he is usually given credit for and in this role, he may well have found his career best.

The DVD offers what is probably the best surviving print of this old movie and it is rather variable in quality, though it does get better after the 3rd reel. I would love to have seen a restored print but I am guessing this would be impossible now unless an original nitrate can be found.

George B. Seitz directs the whole show with flair and keeps things moving at a considerable pace. The film easily bears comparison to better known films in the genre, such as BEAU GESTE, GUNGA DIN and THE FOUR FEATHERS.

In short, it's a grand old fashioned adventure film, the kind Hollywood turned out with ease and great skill and long before the inflated budgets, running times and CGi of today.

The kids back in 1936 must have been on the edge of their seats....I know I was, in 2017!


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