I enjoyed this film, but the acting was so overblown, especially by Paulette Goddard, that I had to laugh during many of the more tense situations. Hollywood really did a number on pre-revolutionary America when they cast Karloff as the Chief of the cutthroat redskins out to relieve Coop and crew of their freshly styled coiffures. However, I did like De Silva's hammy portrayal of the villainous gunrunner intent on getting the girl and a large portion of land. Entertaining show, but very little history or realism, but then, that is not what I was after or expecting.
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Intrepid frontiersman Chris Holden foils the political and personal ambitions of renegade Martin Garth in the Ohio Valley following the French and Indian War.
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In 1763, felon Abby Hale is sentenced to slavery in America. In Virginia, heroic Capt. Holden buys her, intending to free her, but villain Garth foils this plan, and Abby toils at Dave Bone's tavern. Garth is fomenting an Indian uprising to clear the wilderness of settlers, giving him a monopoly of the fur trade. Holden discovers Garth's treachery, but cannot prove anything against him. Can Holden and Abby save Fort Pitt from the Senecas? Many hairbreadth escapes.
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Haven't seen this much ham since I toured the Jimmy Dean packing companyReviewed byhelpless_dancerVote: 7/10
Unconquered is one of those old, swash-buckling epics that came out during the era of epics during the 1940's and 1950's. Is it the greatest epic ever? Of course not, but all that matters to me was the entertainment factor of the movie. In that part, the movie succeeded. I had a fun time watching our main character, Chris Holden pick fights with the Natives, his fellow countrymen, and even the women. I'm not sure if this film is entirely historically accurate and some whitewashing may be prevalent, but does it really matter much? Especially in an older movie like this film? This film was filmed in technicolor, which of course added to the "expensive" budget, but it really gave definition to the epic as lighting and color techniques helped this film out.
I find it rather fascinating what the film was based on. In 1862, the descendants of the Holdens of Virginia wrote a letter about similar events to the one Anny Hale gone through in the film. The basic plot outline of Abby's and this woman is very similar. Both were English women sentenced to the American colonies, accused of murder. But had lustful men come after her. There is a real historical document pertaining to the events of this movie, but the movie decides to expand upon the story, making it somewhat a fictional story.
Cecil B. DeMille, known for his great 1956 epic The Ten Commandments, directs a film that takes place in pre-Revolution colonial America. London gal Abby Hale is sentenced to slavery in the colonies, but she is bought and freed by colonist Chris Holden. But her freedom is taken away by a rival of Holden, Garth. This rivalry helps culminate a disastrous relationship between the colonists of Fort Pitt and the Indians, who want their land free of the white men.
We get some good acting here. No one is particularly great, but it seems like everyone is having a fun time. The biggest star, Gary Cooper, is no stranger to Westerns and this film uses his talents very effectively. He definitely delivers the charm of a leading man. Paulette Goddard was pretty good as Abby, but I feel like her character is annoying at times. I liked Boris Karloff as the chief of the Indians, despite the fact this is clearly an example of Hollywood ancient bias. I also liked Howard Da Silva does a solid job as the villainous Garth, who takes advantage of the Natives for his own self. Finally, Cecil Kellaway turns in a solid performance as Chris's friend, Jeremy Love.
Overall, Unconquered is a solid, old-fashioned historical epic. There is nothing remotely special about the film and it doesn't try to be. It just wants to entertain movie-watchers of all ages, and it succeeds in that category. As a history student, I can easily point out many of the historical differences. But this is a movie review, not a history lesson. I will save that lecture for another day. The tone may be historically inaccurate, but one should overlook the details. On its merit as a fun adventure movie, Unconquered succeeds very much so.
My Grade: A-
It's 1763 and we have a good guy Gary Cooper (Chris) and a bad guy Howard da Silva (Garth). They should be on the same side in the war for the American territories but da Silva is siding with the Indians and secretly selling them weapons. Convicted killer Pauline Goddard (Abby) is a slave girl that is caught in the middle of both their plans.
It's interesting to see that Hollywood films in 1947 portrayed arms sellers as the bad guys whereas in complete contrast, we celebrate arms dealing as a good thing today. This has been recently highlighted when Donald Trump very publicly signed an arms deal with Saudia Arabia of all countries! And it was heralded as a good thing – media just reported it as a matter of fact without any sense of criticism. I was shocked. But then again, this is nothing new. When I was a boy, I lived near a house that I'd walk passed on a daily basis that had Picassos on the wall, that sort of thing. It's owner – a friend of the Royal Family and very open arms dealer – Khashoggi. It's everywhere and we don't seem to have a moral compass on this issue. We are a country of Howard da Silvas and no-one blinks an eye. That's where capitalism has taken us. I think we should be reigning things in. So, in line with current thinking, da Silva should come out on top. Thankfully, this is Hollywood.
The cast are very good although it is funny how Goddard has a constant supply of lipstick and shampoo to make her hair nice and fluffy throughout the film. No criticism on her acting, though – she is a good female lead. And Cooper, whilst maybe a little old for the role, still has the star quality to carry the film. It's a good epic film to enjoy on a Sunday afternoon or whenever you have some time.