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Mohawk (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 1 April 1956 (USA)
In 1700s New York, a Boston artist working in the remote Fort Alden is torn between his love for 2 women and thrown into the middle of a Mohawk-Iroquois-American war.

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Writers:

Maurice Geraghty (story and screenplay), Milton Krims (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Brady ... Jonathan
Rita Gam ... Onida
Neville Brand ... Rokhawah
Lori Nelson ... Cynthia
Allison Hayes ... Greta
Rhys Williams ... Clem Jones
Barbara Jo Allen ... Aunt Agatha (as Vera Vague)
Mae Clarke ... Minikah
Ted de Corsia ... Kowanen
Tommy Cook ... Keoga
John Hoyt ... Butler
John Hudson ... Captain Langley
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Mohawk Priest
James O'Hara ... Sergeant (as James Lilburn)
Chabon Jadi Chabon Jadi ... Dancer
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Storyline

An artist working in a remote army post is juggling the storekeeper's daughter, his fiancée newly arrived from the east, and the Indian Chief's daughter. But when a vengeful settler manages to get the army and the braves at each other's throats his troubles really begin. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mohawk Massacre See more »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One outdoor scene between Scott Brady and Rita Gam extensively features the sounds made by the giant ants from 1954's "Them!" See more »

Goofs

Onida wears a pair of trousers with a zipper up the back. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Cynthia Stanhope: [points to Indians in the nearby woods] Auntie!
Aunt Agatha: Why, aren't they handsome!
Cynthia Stanhope: Aunt Agatha!
Aunt Agatha: At my age, a lady no longer has to hide her admiration for handsome men.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A LEGEND OF THE IRAQUOIS . . . See more »

Connections

Edited from Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Mohawk
Lyrics by Paul Herrick
Music by Edward L. Alperson Jr.
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The Tuscaroras Have The Long Hair, The Mohawks Have The Mohawks.........................
20 April 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

That's so you can tell the two tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy apart in this colonial travesty. And that line of explanation is actually in the film Mohawk.

The Tuscaroras are currently house guests of the Mohawks having moved up from the south do to white settlement on their hunting grounds. They've got an understandable attitude as expressed by their chief Neville Brand who wants war with the whites and the Mohawks as allies. But the Mohawk Chief Ted DeCorsia hasn't had any problems with them and he's reluctant to join.

But DeCorsia might not have a choice because a man named Butler played by John Hoyt wants to start a nice little war. It seems as though his family once was the only white folks in the whole Mohawk Valley and he wants it that way again. He stirs up the Indians by first giving them weapons and then shooting Tommy Cook who is DeCorsia's son. That way when everybody kills everybody off, this dill-weed will have the whole valley to himself once again.

Our hero in this piece is a painter, Scott Brady who is romancing three different women of differing hair color, probably deliberate cast that way by the producer. There's his blond fiancé from Boston Lori Nelson, the blacksmith Rhys Williams's daughter Allison Hayes, and a fiery brunette Indian princess Rita Gam. If you care to see the film, you'll find out who he winds up with.

By the way John Hoyt's character is not in any way the same as Walter Butler who was a Tory in the American Revolution and responsible for leading the Indians in the famous Cherry Valley Massacre. He was one of the jury in The Devil and Daniel Webster and he's also portrayed in D.W. Griffith's film, Revolution by Lionel Barrymore. I thought when I heard Hoyt's name in the film that I would see some of that story in this film, but it was a tease.

The only thing really to recommend Mohawk is a nicely staged battle scene when the Indians attack the stockade. The same one used by John Ford for Drums Along the Mohawk, an infinitely better film.

The cast can barely keep straight faces throughout this film. When Mohawk wrapped they should have burned the film and roasted a turkey over it in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.


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