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Last of the Redskins

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Last of the Redskins (aka)
Last of the Redmen
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Screenplay byHerbert Dalmas
George H. Plympton
Based onThe Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Produced bySam Katzman
StarringJon Hall
Michael O'Shea
CinematographyRay Fernstrom
Ira H. Morgan
Edited byJames Sweeney
Color processCinecolor
Sam Katzman Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 10, 1947 (1947-07-10) (Los Angeles)
  • August 1, 1947 (1947-08-01) (United States)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

Last of the Redskins (aka Last of the Redmen) is a 1947 American Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Joh Hall and Michael O'Shea. The film was shot in Vitacolor but released in Cinecolor.[1][2]

Unlike other adaptations the film includes a boy brother of Cora and Alice Munro and does not feature Chingachgook nor does it feature a romance between Uncas and Cora. The battle of Fort William Henry is not shown and most of the characters in the film ride horses rather than moving by foot.


During the French and Indian War in 1757, the family of Colonel Munro, daughters Alice and Cora and son Davy come from England to visit their father who is commanding Fort William Henry in the American colonies. The French are masters of the military intelligence situation as they have their loyal Indian allies masquerading as scouts for the English and are able to intercept and kill all runners from the British outposts.

General Webb, the commander of Fort Edward where the Munros have arrived has fallen for French ruses by believing that General Montcalm's French and Indian forces are advancing from the South. General Webb's Indian Scout Magua testifies to the truth of this information convincing General Webb to send his forces South and send the Munro family to the believed safety of their father General Munro to the north at Fort William Henry. The only person who does not believe Magua is the Colonial Scout Hawkeye and his Indian companion Uncas. Hawkeye's rough ways, honesty, and vocal common sense has alienated him from the British military command.

In reality, Magua was once flogged by General Munro for being drunk and sees the chance to torture and murder the Munro children as a pinnacle of revenge. Leading the Munros accompanied by Major Duncan Heyward and a small British military escort into an Iroquois ambush, Magua is thwarted by the arrival of Hawkeye and Uncas who rescue the Major and the Munros. The Major wins Hawkeye over by declaring that he would be placing his pride over the lives of the party if he didn't give command of the evasion party to the experienced Hawkeye. The group manages to evade Magua's pursuing Indians for a brief period, but Hawkeye arranges for a better chance for escape by having Heyward and the Munros captured then rescued by Hawkeye and Uncas.

On their escape from the camp the party runs across the garrison of Fort William Henry who declare that they gave an honourable surrender of the fort to the French and were allowed to keep their arms but not their ammunition. Hawkeye suspects the Indians will massacre the party and organises a defence.



The film was announced in June 1946. It marked producer Sam Katzman's first feature at Columbia, although he had been making serials for them. He borrowed Jon Hall from Sam Goldwyn.[3]

Julie Bishop was signed in August 1946.[4] That month George Sherman was attached to direct.[5]


The New York Times said "go to it kids and squirm with excitement the way we once used to do on Saturday afternoon. And don't be too harsh on the actors - they are really nice people trying hard to make a living."[6]

See also


  1. ^ p.49 Limbacher, James L. Four Aspects of the Film Arno Press, 1978
  2. ^ LAST OF THE REDSKINS Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 16, Iss. 181, (Jan 1, 1949): 100.
  3. ^ 'LAST OF MOHICANS' TO BE FILMED AGAIN: Katzman, in Columbia Deal, to Star Jon Hall in Remake THE NEW YORK TIMES..22 June 1946: 25.
  4. ^ METRO WILL FILM MARQUAND NOVELS: 'B.S.'s Daughter' and 'So Little Time' on Studio's Agenda --Nancy Guild in Lead Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES 27 Aug 1946: 20.
  5. ^ METRO BUYS RIGHTS TO NEW ASCH NOVEL: New York Times 28 Aug 1946: 24.
  6. ^ ' Last of the Redmen,' Remake of Tale by Cooper, Opens at Rialto -- French Film at Ambassador T.M.P. New York Times 30 Aug 1947: 8.

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