Unconquered

Unconquered

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Director: Cecil B. DeMille

Cast: Cecil B. DeMille, Gary Cooper, Paulette Goddard, Howard Da Silva

     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Cecil B. DeMille certainly tried to give people their money's worth with Unconquered, one of his big-budget epics that tramples all over history but does its darnedest to provide a walloping good time. Whether a particular viewer will feel sufficiently walloped really depends on whether a whole mess of lovingly recreated period costumes, sensational sets, first rate photography and some exciting action sequences is enough to make for a satisfying picture. If that is what works for you, then Unconquered will be a field day. If, however, you are more interested in a screenplay that is at least somewhat intriguing and offers characters of believability and moderate depth, or if you like first rate performances, then Unconquered will disappoint. As so often is the case with a DeMille extravaganza, there's a lot of activity in the script but not much that actually adds up to interest. And of the leading actors, only Howard Da Silva's villain is worthy of the actor. Gary Cooper, of course, has enough star persona that he pulls the role off just fine, but there's nothing challenging the actor here, and so there aren't any real fireworks from him. Paulette Goddard is simply not cast well, and her special dramatic qualities are not used (although her physical attributes are put to very good use). And Boris Karloff, given a rare chance to play a non-horror role, somehow blows the opportunity.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/22/2007
UPC:
0025195003551
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:26:00
Sales rank:
1,004

Special Features

Exclusive Introduction by Turner Classic Movies Host and Film Historian Robert Osborne

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Capt. Christopher Holden
Paulette Goddard Abby Hale
Howard Da Silva Martin Garth
Boris Karloff Guyasuta, Chief of the Senecas
Ward Bond John Fraser
Katherine de Mille Hannah
Richard Gaines Col. George Washington
Cecil Kellaway Jeremy Love
Porter Hall Leach
Marc Lawrence Sioto, medicine man
Mike Mazurki Dave Bone
Gavin Muir Lt. Fergus McKenzie
Alan Napier Sir William Johnson
Jane Nigh Evelyn
C. Aubrey Smith Lord Chief Justice
Victor Varconi Capt. Simeon Ecuyer
Henry Wilcoxon Capt. Steele
Dorothy Adams Mrs. Bront
Mimi Aguglia Actor
Eric Alden Actor
Erville Alderson Actor
Lex Barker Loyal American Officer
Lane Chandler Actor
Russ Conklin Wamaultee
Jeff Corey Actor
Edgar Dearing Actor
Claire Du Brey Actor
Fernanda Eliscu Actor
Al Ferguson Actor
Francis Ford Actor
Greta Granstedt Actor
William Haade Actor
Frank S. Hagney Actor
Chuck Hamilton Actor
Charmienne Harker Actor
June Harris Actor
Rose Higgins Actor
Olaf Hytten Actor
Tiny Jones Bondswoman
Mike Kilian Actor
Fred Kohler Sergeant
Bob Kortman Frontiersman
Anna Lehr Actor
Charles B. Middleton Mulligan
Belle Mitchell Actor
Art Mix Citizen
William Murphy Actor
Ottola Nesmith Actor
Inez Palange Actor
Constance Purdy Actor
Nan Sunderland Mrs. Pratt
Ethel Wales Actor
Gertrude Valerie Actor
Isabel Cooper Actor
Sally Rawlinson Actor
Virginia Campbell Mrs. John Fraser
Virginia Grey Diana
Raymond Hatton Venango Scout
John Mylong Col. Henry Bouquet
George Kirby Charles Mason
Leonard Carey Jeremiah Dixon
Frank Wilcox Richard Henry Lee
Davison Clark Mr. Carroll
Griff Barnett Brother Andrews
Lloyd Bridges Lt. Hutchins
Oliver Thorndike Lt. Baillie
Iron Eyes Cody Red Corn
Julia Faye Widow Swivens
Paul E. Burns Dan McCoy
Mary Field Maggie
Clarence Muse Jason
Eddie Albert Mermaid barker
Chief John Big Tree Actor
Chief Thundercloud Chief Killbuck
Denver Dixon Citizen
Byron Foulger Townsman
Karolyn Grimes Actor
Si Jenks Farmer
Noble Johnson Big Ottawa indian
John Merton Corporal
John Miljan Prosecutor
Jack Pennick Joe Lovat
Hugh Prosser Soldier
Buddy Roosevelt Guard
Jay Silverheels Indian
Ray Teal Soldier--Gilded Beaver
Robert Warwick Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas
Jeff York Wide-Shouldered Youth
Richard Alexander Slave
Sid Saylor Spieler for Dr. Diablo

Technical Credits
Cecil B. DeMille Director,Producer
Anne Bauchens Editor
Charles Bennett Screenwriter
Iron Eyes Cody Consultant/advisor
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Jack Crosby Choreography
Hans Dreier Art Director
Farciot Edouart Special Effects
Ray Evans Songwriter
Fredric M. Frank Screenwriter
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Devereaux Jennings Special Effects
Barbara Karinska Costumes/Costume Designer
W. Wallace Kelley Special Effects
Jesse Lasky Screenwriter
Paul K. Lerpae Special Effects
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Stanley J. Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Walter Tyler Art Director
Gwen Wakeling Costumes/Costume Designer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Victor Young Score Composer

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Unconquered 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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MJT More than 1 year ago
I found the movie "Unconquered" to be extremely entertaining, start to finish! This is the type of action packed film where good triumphs over evil. This film also points to a time in our society when an action packed film could be made without the introduction of vulgarity, sex, and immorality--if only those in positions to make movies could understand that today! Definitely worth the time to view and I am glad to add it to my library of entertainment.