Unconquered (1947)

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Cecil B. DeMille's first postwar production, the $5 million Technicolor historical spectacular Unconquered lacks only the kitchen sink. The story begins in England in the 1760s, as Abigail Martha Hale (Paulette Goddard), unjustly accused of a crime against the Crown, is sentenced by the Lord Chief Justice (C. Aubrey Smith) to 14 years' forced servitude in North America. Carted off to the auction block, Abigail is highly coveted by slavemaster Martin Garth (Howard da Silva), but the highest bidder turns out to be Virginia militiaman Captain Christopher Holden (Gary Cooper). Having been jilted by his aristocratic fiancee Diana (Virginia Grey), Holden harbors no romantic feelings for Abigail, but he's determined not to let her fall into Garth's grimy clutches. The patriotic Holden also knows that Garth, who is married to the daughter (Katherine de Mille) of Indian chief Pontiac (Robert Warwick), has been trading firearms to the Ottawas. The treacherous Garth later participates in the "Pontiac Conspiracy," an allegiance of 18 Indian nations forsworn to wipe out every colonist on the East Coast. To put Holden out of the way, Garth arranges for him to be court-martialed and sentenced to death on a trumped-up desertion charge. But Abigail, partly in repayment for her rescue from Seneca chief Guyasuta (Boris Karloff) and partly because she's fallen in love with Holden, helps him escape, just in time to save a nearby military fort from an Indian massacre -- a feat accomplished by a subterfuge straight out of Beau Geste, which also starred Gary Cooper! As historically suspect as any Cecil B. DeMille epic, Unconquered is still marvelous escapist entertainment, especially during the time-honored bathtub scene involving a bare-shouldered Paulette Goddard (who spends most of the film in either a state of dishabille or bondage, or both!) Once again, however, Mr. "Spare No Expense" DeMille cuts corners by filming most of his major exterior scenes within the artificial confines of the Paramount sound stages.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

Cast

Gary Cooper
as Capt. Christopher Holden
Boris Karloff
as Guyasuta - Chief of the Senecas
Cecil Kellaway
as Jeremy Love
Ward Bond
as John Fraser
Henry Wilcoxon
as Capt. Steele
C. Aubrey Smith
as Lord Chief Justice
Victor Varconi
as Capt. Simson Ecuyer
Porter Hall
as Leach
Mike Mazurki
as Dave Bone
Richard Gaines
as Col. George Washington
Virginia Campbell
as Mrs. John Fraser
Gavin Muir
as Lt. Fergus McKenzie
Alan Napier
as Sir William Johnson
Nan Sunderland
as Mrs. Pruitt
Jane Nigh
as Evelyn
Robert Warwick
as Pontiac
Lloyd Bridges
as Lt. Hutchins
Oliver Thorndike
as Lt. Billie
Russ Conklin
as Wamaultee
John Mylong
as Col. Henry Bouquet
Raymond Hatton
as Venango Scout
Julia Faye
as Widow Swivens
Paul E. Burns
as Dan McCoy
Jeff York
as Wide-Shouldered Youth
Syd Saylor
as Spieler for Dr. Diablo
Si Jenks
as Farmer
Bob Kortman
as Frontiersman
Edgar Dearing
as Gilded Beaver Soldier
Hugh Prosser
as Gilded Beaver Soldier
Ray Teal
as Gilded Beaver Soldier
Chief Thundercloud
as Chief Killbuck
Noble Johnson
as Big Ottawa indian
John Merton
as Corporal
John Miljan
as Prosecutor
Lex Barker
as Loyal American Officer
Jack Pennick
as Joe Lovat
Byron Foulger
as Townsman
Art Mix
as Citizen
Fred Kohler Jr.
as Sergeant
Tiny Jones
as Bondswoman
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Bront
Davison Clark
as Mr. Carroll
Griff Barnett
as Brother Andrews
Francis Ford
as Frontiersman on Fort Pitt Roof
William Murphy
as Villager
Al Ferguson
as Star of London Crewman
Constance Purdy
as Fat mother at the ball
George Kirby
as Charles Mason
Leonard Carey
as Jeremiah Dixon
Frank Wilcox
as Richard Henry Lee
Anna Lehr
as Woman
Lane Chandler
as Member of Court-Martial Board
Mike Kilian
as Virginia Militia Officer
Mary Field
as Maggie
Erville Alderson
as Grizzled codger at ball saying "maybe long visit"
Jeff Corey
as Trapper
Eddie Albert
as Mermaid barker
William Haade
as Trapper at Ball
Iron Eyes Cody
as Red Corn
Olaf Hytten
as Officer on 'Star of London'
Denver Dixon
as Citizen
Eric Alden
as Zeke / Indian
Frank S. Hagney
as Jake - Bartender
Sally Rawlinson
as Brunette
Chuck Hamilton
as Villager
Ethel Wales
as Villager
Francis McDonald
as Frontiersman
June Harris
as Frontierswoman
Sid Saylor
as Spieler for Dr. Diablo
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Critic Reviews for Unconquered

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 27, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

It's big. It's colorful. It's exciting. It's filled with movie stars who look like movie stars. It's preposterous in the way that only a Cecil B. DeMille movie can be.

Full Review… | July 29, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There are no special features in the new DVD edition (part of Universal Classics 2, June 2007), other than an introduction by TCM host Robert Osborne; other titles in the collection are Scarface (1932), No Man of Her Own, and So Proudly We Hail.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

You don't expect from DeMille logic or accuracy as the showman is notorious for preposterous spectacles such as this expensive historic epic whose appeal rests on Cooper's masculine image and Paulette Goddard's sexiness shown in a bathtub or torture stake

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

The DVD provides a colourful picture in the movie's original non-widescreen format.

May 23, 2007
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Unconquered

½

Big and loud it's Cecil B. Demille, like a drunk braggert uncle at a family holiday gathering. And this time he's on about manifest destiny and how Native Americans deserved to be divested of their home and life. Oy. Coop is solid as ever but its the supporting cast that's the show here. Look for the great Karloff as a sullen Indian chief.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

½

About as entertaining as a movie this old can possibly be . . and it's in color! Some interesting history is revealed; the photograpy is good and the chacters are interesting if not totatly believable. Would you believe Boris Karloff as an Indian Chief?

david dimmer
david dimmer

One of the best "Colonials & Indians" flicks. Cooper at his stoic best. Goddard at her least annoying. Full of great character actors.

Bob Brownlee
Bob Brownlee

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