A cavalry lieutenant recounts his efforts to make peace with the Seminole Indian tribe, under an evil major.A cavalry lieutenant recounts his efforts to make peace with the Seminole Indian tribe, under an evil major.A cavalry lieutenant recounts his efforts to make peace with the Seminole Indian tribe, under an evil major.
While Rock Hudson is acceptable in the undemanding role of Caldwell, Richard Carlson as Degan has the showier, more intense part, and he delivers a fine performance. The film's two Oscar-winning actors, Lee Marvin and especially Anthony Quinn as Osceola, the Seminole leader, are largely wasted in small, although critical parts. Lovely Barbara Hale as Revere has little to do but incongruously parade her finery and jewelry around a military fort; her romantic chemistry with both Hudson and Quinn fails to ignite. While Hale's splashy costumes, credited to Rosemary Odell, are eye-catching, the Seminoles have the more dazzling wardrobe; whether or not accurate, the actors playing Seminoles wear colorful, well designed outfits and headgear that at least suggest Native American attire. Cinematographer Russell Metty captures the vibrant hues of the costumes and the thick greenery of the Florida Everglades in glorious Technicolor.
Under the direction of Bud Boetticher, a veteran of several outstanding westerns, "Seminole" maintains interest, although action is secondary to dialog, and the climactic scene is borderline laughable for its timing. However, boasting a young Rock Hudson at his physical best, a script by Charles K. Peck Jr that throws some light on a forgotten historical episode, and a competent supporting cast led by Richard Carlson, the Technicolor film is a passable entertainment for most, but essential viewing for Rock Hudson fans.
- Dec 16, 2020