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Allegheny Uprising (1939)

In 1759, in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley, local settlers and Indian fighters try to persuade the British authorities to ban the trading of alcohol and arms with the marauding Indians.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screenplay), Neil H. Swanson (based on: the factual story "The First Rebel")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Trevor ... Janie MacDougall
John Wayne ... Jim Smith
George Sanders ... Captain Swanson
Brian Donlevy ... Callendar
Wilfrid Lawson ... MacDougall
Robert Barrat ... Duncan
John F. Hamilton John F. Hamilton ... Professor
Moroni Olsen ... Calhoon
Eddie Quillan ... Anderson
Chill Wills ... M'Cammon
Ian Wolfe ... Poole
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... McGlashan
Monte Montague ... Morris
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... General Gage
Eddy Waller ... Jailer
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Storyline

In British colonial America, Captain Swanson's adherence to the rules results in Trader Callendar's selling to the Indians under cover of a government permit. Jim Smith won't sit still for that. He organizes troopers to dress up as Indians and intercept the shipments which, of course, gets him thrown in jail. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allegheny Frontier See more »

Filming Locations:

Lake Sherwood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$696,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$750,000, 31 December 1939
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (R.C.A. Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The DVD releases of this film are in black and white only. See more »

Goofs

The shooting demonstration done in court was described as taking place at twenty paces. Twenty paces is equal to approximately 60 feet; the shots fired in the film were at approximately 20 feet. See more »

Quotes

James 'Jim' Smith: Put that gun down!
Janie MacDougall: I won't! I'm not going to be a widow before I'm even a wife.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed on a number of various sized boards, the first two of which are illuminated by a man with a lantern. See more »

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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
Music traditional - English origin (ca. 1755)
Arranged by Anthony Collins
Sung by the men at MacDougall's tavern
Reprised by the men after the trial
Variations in the score throughout
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Great, forgotten film
4 September 2001 | by Mike Sh.See all my reviews

This 1939 movie, a period piece set in the early 1760's, comes from the days when John Wayne took second billing to Claire Trevor, as he had that same year in "Stagecoach", the film that made Wayne a star. It is a somewhat forgotten film, but it doesn't deserve to be, since it tells a really good story in a really entertaining fashion. And it has a great cast.

Wayne plays Jim Smith, leader of a band of settlers of southern Pennsylvania's Conococheague Valley in the years immediately following the French and Indian War. Smith & Company's efforts to deal with a crooked Indian trader (veteran Hollywood villain Brian Donlevy) are hampered by an officious, pig-headed, and not-too-bright British Army officer (veteran Hollywood stuffed shirt George Sanders). Smith also has to deal with the local tomboy (Miss Trevor) who has a deep yearning for adventure and excitement, as well as the affections of Jim Smith.

Wilfrid Lawson also appears as MacDougall, the rowdy Scotsman who loves fighting almost as much as drinking. John F. Hamilton is the eloquent but enigmatic sidekick, known as the Professor. Moroni Olsen, possessor of one of filmdom's coolest names, is the stalwart Tom Calhoon. Veteran second-string Hollywood villain Ian Wolfe is the evil trader's Evil sidekick. Also appearing in small roles are Chill Wills (another cool name) and Charles Middleton, heretofore best known as the stone-faced Fredonian prosecutor in "Duck Soup".

Interesting historical detail: in a courtroom scene, a witness is asked to "swear or affirm" that what he's about to say is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This should serve to remind the viewer that Pennsylvania was a Quaker Commonwealth. (Quakers don't believe in swearing, you see...)


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