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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas (1953)

Approved | | Drama, History, Romance | 20 November 1953 (USA)
Captain John Smith overcomes the treachery of some of his men and resentment of the local Native Americans to establish the colony of Jamestown.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writers:

Aubrey Wisberg (original screenplay), Jack Pollexfen (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Dexter ... Capt. John Smith
Jody Lawrance ... Pocahontas (as Jody Lawrence)
Alan Hale Jr. ... Fleming
Robert Clarke ... Rolfe
Stuart Randall ... Opechanco
James Seay ... Wingfield
Philip Van Zandt ... Davis
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Nantaquas
Douglass Dumbrille ... Powhatan (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Anthony Eustrel ... King James
Henry Rowland Henry Rowland ... Turnbull
Eric Colmar Eric Colmar ... Kemp
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Storyline

Captain John Smith (Anthony Dexter), returned fom the Jamestown colony, is telling his story before the Court of King James I (Anthony Eustral.) He tells of the unrest in the colony and how he set out to make peace with the Indians. He is captured and sentenced to death, but Pocahontas (Jody Lawrence) makes her celebrated intervention and, instead of a slaying, there is a wedding. Back at Jamestown, Smith makes efforts to keep the colony united and the Indians from attacking, in spite of the efforts of some in the colony who stir up trouble for their own gain. He exposes them and returns to England to give his report. He stays because Pocahontas, thinking he is dead, has remarried. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brandende pijlen See more »

Filming Locations:

Virginia, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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It is highly unlikely that Smith's version of his relationship with Pocahontas is true. When he first retold the events of 1608 in 1616, the Indian princess was, by his account, ten years old. On later retelling of those same events, she grew to twelve or thirteen. It was later discovered that Smith had told another, extremely similar story of being rescued by a young Turkish girl in 1602. Smith's stories about his relationship did not begin until 1616, when Pocahontas traveled to London with husband John Rolfe and was celebrated as Native American royalty. See more »

Goofs

Rolfe did not arrive with Smith in the original Jamestown settlement in 1607. Smith left Jamestown in 1609 and Rolfe did not arrive until 1610. See more »

Quotes

Capt. John Smith: [to Rolfe] You scratch at your worries as a dog has fleas.
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Connections

Version of The New World (2005) See more »

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See the Cartoon
21 June 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This independent production of the famous story coming out of Jamestown's founding released from United Artists plays like a combination of one of those educational films and a Grade C western. Even the Indians are made up to look like plains Indians instead the ones east of the Mississippi.

The story of how Captain John Smith was saved by Pocahontas pleading for his life is only the beginning here. Some upper class types who don't like the way Smith has taken over the leadership of the Jamestown colonists start trading ancient matchlock rifles with the Indians and later frame one of them for a colonist's murder. It's so dumb, I don't even think the Saturday afternoon kid matinée crowd swallowed this one.

Anthony Dexter who never quite got the career that playing Rudolph Valentino was supposed to bring him is Captain Smith and Jody Lawrence is Pocahontas. Douglass Dumbrille is an impassive and suspicious Powhattan and James Seay is the villain Wingfield who's behind all the nasty goings on. They all go through the motions essentially, I think they realize how dumb it was.

The Jamestown story actually deserves a good film. It was more disease and the elements in a new land that the settlers faced rather than the native inhabitants. Remember the Indians hadn't yet learned how grabby the white man was.

The story deserves a good film, but this isn't it. The Walt Disney cartoon had more going for it.


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