The Last of the Mohicans (1936 film)

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The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans 1936 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by George B. Seitz
Produced by Edward Small
Written by
Screenplay by Philip Dunne
Based on The Last of the Mohicans 
by James Fenimore Cooper
Starring
Music by Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by
  • Jack Dennis
  • Harry Marker
Production
company
Reliance Pictures
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • September 4, 1936 (1936-09-04) (USA)
Running time 91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Last of the Mohicans is a 1936 American adventure film directed by George B. Seitz and starring Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, and Henry Wilcoxon based on the novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.

Plot[edit]

The film is about two young daughters of a British Commander who set out from Albany to join their father at the fort during the French and Indian War. Accompanied by a major who has loved the younger daughter for a long time, and by a renegade Huron Indian, the daughters are led into the hands of a wandering party of Hurons. They are saved by a Colonial scout when they rescue the party and conduct them safely to the fort.

Cast[edit]

  • Randolph Scott as Hawkeye
  • Binnie Barnes as Alice Munro
  • Henry Wilcoxon as Major Duncan Heyward
  • Bruce Cabot as Magua
  • Heather Angel as Cora Munro
  • Phillip Reed as Uncas
  • Robert Barrat as Chingachgook
  • Hugh Buckler as Colonel Munro
  • Willard Robertson as Captain Winthrop
  • William Stack as General Montcalm
  • Lumsden Hare as General Abercrombie
  • Frank McGlynn Sr. as Gamut
  • Will Stanton as Jenkins
  • William V. Mong as Sacham
  • Art Dupuis as De Levis
  • Ian Maclaren as William Pitt (as Ian MacLaren)
  • Reginald Barlow as Duke of Newcastle
  • Olaf Hytten as King George II
  • Lionel Belmore as Patroon
  • Claude King as Duke of Marlborough[1]

Production[edit]

The movie was the last of several producer Edward Small's Reliance Picture Corporation made for United Artists.[2] Merle Oberon was originally announced as the female lead.[3] There were plans to make the movie in colour but Small decided it was too expensive.[4]

Philip Dunne worked on the script with John L. Balderston. Dunne later claimed that the final film:

Is only a pallid ghost of what John and I originally wrote. Ours was a full-blooded screenplay, combining adventure and excitement with what we considered some respectable poetry in the love story between the patrician English girl and the young Mohican brave. Above all we painted an authentic picture of colonel American in the eighteenth century.[5]

Dunne said that production of the film was postponed due to casting problems; he and Balderstone went away and by the time they came back shooting had started.

The film was appalling. In our absence, Eddie apparently had succumbed to the itch many producers have to tamper with inactive scripts. I don't know what writers he had hired, but they had succeeded in turning our authentic eighteenth century period piece into a third-rate Western. The characters even spoke to each other in twentieth century colloquialisms, and each had been rendered banal beyond belief.[5]

Small then hired Dunne to rewrite the dialogue on set, although he says the structure of his original script remained altered.

Filming locations[edit]

  • Big Bear Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
  • Cedar Lake, Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA
  • Smith River, near the community of Hiouchi, Del Norte County, California, USA
  • Iverson Ranch, 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Kern River, Bakersfield, California, USA
  • Lake Earl, near Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, USA
  • Lake Sherwood, California, USA
  • RKO-Pathé Studios - 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA (studio)
  • San Bernardino National Forest, California, USA[6]

Reception[edit]

In his review for AllMovie, Paul Brenner wrote that Randolph Scott had "one of his best roles as Hawkeye in this exciting film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's often filmed novel."[7] Clem Beauchamp was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Assistant Director.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full cast and crew for The Last of the Mohicans". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Robert Donat, Jack Oakie and Other Stars to Glisten on R.-K.-O. Program: Small Closes Deal for Reliance Films Kiepura's Next European Feature in Charge of "Casta Diva" Director; Jean Arthur and Melvyn Douglas to Join Talents Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 Jan 1936: A15.
  3. ^ SCREEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Mar 1935: 12.
  4. ^ SCREEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 14 Aug 1935: 16.
  5. ^ a b Philip Dunne, Take Two: A Life in Movies and Politics, Limelight, 1992 p 35
  6. ^ "Filming locations for The Last of the Mohicans". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  7. ^ Brenner, Paul. "The Last of the Mohicans (1936)". AllMovie. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 

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