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Allegheny Uprising (1939)

Allegheny Uprising (1939)





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In 1759, frontiersman Jim Smith (John Wayne) has little time to romance Janie (Clair Trevor), daughter of his friend MacDougall (Wilfrid Lawson), because the Indians of Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley are on the warpath, using weapons they got from traders. Jim persuades the governor of the territory to institute a ban on trading, but scheming trader Callander (Brian Donlevy) figures a way around the ban. Captain Swanson (George Sanders), the arrogant new commander of the Allegheny region, disbelieves Jim's claims that Callander is still trading with the Indians. As they've done before, Jim and his friends disguise themselves as Indians to destroy wagons carrying Callander's illicit goods, but the trader has a few tricks of his own.

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John Wayne
as Jim Smith
Brian Donlevy
as Callendar
George Sanders
as Capt. Swanson
Wilfrid Lawson
as MacDougall
Wilfred Lawson
as MacDougall
Robert H. Barrat
as Magistrate Duncan
Moroni Olsen
as Calhoon
Eddie Quillan
as Anderson
Chill Wills
as McCammon
Ian Wolfe
as Poole
Wallis Clark
as McGlashan
Olaf Hytten
as Gen. Gage
Clay Clement
as Governor John Penn
Charles B. Middleton
as Doctor Stokes
Douglas Spencer
as Prisoner in Irons
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Critic Reviews for Allegheny Uprising

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Set in 1759, this well-produced film is one of the few period (pre-Revolution) pieces John Wayne made, and the second of his pictures with Claire Trevor; the others were Stagecoach and Dark Command.

Full Review… | March 10, 2008

Top-notch lively John Wayne actioner.

Full Review… | February 28, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Allegheny Uprising


Period piece set in Pennsylvania just before the Revolution War. John Wayne is a colonist who is up against the corrupt British rule and the local traders who are selling guns to the native americans while the British stand idly by. Wayne gets to locals to rise up, stop the illegal selling and expose the corrupt British. I like the court room scene where we see some early forensics at work in the gun powder stain on the shirt. The action is good, the cast is very good, and services as an early example of Wayne's star power.

Mike L
Mike L

This is an old movie classic. Don't expect more. The cowboy genre is alive and well in this movie, with over-the-top acting especially from the women. Politically incorrect dialogue in all its glory. Not engrossing, but a fun diversion.

Mara Barker
Mara Barker

John Wayne and Claire Trevor were reteamed the same year of their costarring triumph in 1939's Stagecoach for this potboiler set in the pre-Revolutionary American colonies, but the results were hardly as auspicious. Still, it's a decent time passer and features Brian Donlevy in one of his better villain roles.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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