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The Squaw Man (1914)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Romance | 15 February 1914 (USA)
A chivalrous British officer takes the blame for his cousin's embezzlement and journeys to the American West to start a new life on a cattle ranch.

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Edwin Milton Royle (play), Cecil B. DeMille (picturized by) (as Cecil B. De Mille) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dustin Farnum ... Capt. James Wynnegate - aka Jim Carston
Monroe Salisbury ... Sir Henry - Earl of Kerhill
Winifred Kingston ... Lady Diana - Countess of Kerhill
Mrs. A.W. Filson Mrs. A.W. Filson ... The Dowager Lady Elizabeth Kerhill
Haidee Fuller Haidee Fuller ... Lady Mabel Wynnegate
Red Wing ... Nat-U-Ritch
Foster Knox Foster Knox ... Sir John
Fred Montague Fred Montague ... Mr. Petrie
'Baby' Carmen De Rue ... Hal (as Baby de Rue)
Fernando Gálvez Fernando Gálvez ... Sir John Applegate
Eugene De Rue Eugene De Rue ... Lieutenant
H.R. Macy H.R. Macy ... Lieutenant
H.L. Swisher H.L. Swisher ... Lieutenant
Michael J. Kilpatrick Michael J. Kilpatrick ... Lieutenant
Sydney Deane Sydney Deane ... Dean of Trenton
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Storyline

Captain Wynnegate leaves England, accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. Out West he and the Indian girl Nat-U-Rich save each other from the evil cattle rustler Cash Hawkins and marry. Lady Diana shows up to announce Sir Henry's death. After Nat-U-Rich's suicide Wynnegate takes his half-breed son and Lady Diana back to England as the new Earl of Kerhill. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Wild Western story of blue blood and red blood; of white-souled redskins and black-hearted whites; of love that demands all and love that gives all. (Print Ad-Spartanburg Herald, ((Spartanburg SC)) 5 November 1919)


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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1914 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de Índio See more »

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Budget:

$20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The site where most of the interior scenes were filmed was located at the corner of Selma Ave. and Vine St. in Hollywood. The building one block south, at Sunset Blvd. and Vine, is as of this writing occupied by a Chase Bank. The building was originally designed as a Home Savings Bank in the 1950s by Millard Sheets Studio (one of nearly 100 in the Los Angeles area designed by the firm). A mural on one interior wall, by Sheets, commemorates the production by depicting four scenes from the film. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, when Captain James Wynnegate (played by Dustin Farnum) is on board the sailing ship, he writes a note asking that a "check" enclosed with the note be cashed for him. Since Captain Farnum is an Englishman, he would have spelled the word as "cheque", the standard British spelling. (Moreover, the handwriting in the note is scarcely that of an educated British military officer: the lines of writing are crooked and the letters are crudely formed.) See more »

Quotes

Big Bill: Come out West where people keep their hands in their own pockets.
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Alternate Versions

A seemingly unrestored print aired 5 April 2004 on Turner Classic Movies with a new orchestral score by H. Scott Salinas. See more »

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The first Hollywood feature?
6 April 2004 | by plaidpotatoSee all my reviews

History seems to consider The Squaw Man to be Hollywood's first feature-length film. However, Custer's Last Fight (Francis Ford, 1912*) runs at just under an hour. I'd consider that feature-length. And it was made in Hollywood. So, I dunno.

In any event, this is a really important film, historically, and Cecil B. DeMille's first feature--and his first film, period. Supposedly, he hadn't even seen a film until shortly before he made this. It totally shows.

It's kind of a clumsy jumble of scenes taken from a book. There's no real cinematic logic or flow. There are lots of scenes of people just standing around talking--which doesn't really work in a silent film, especially without many intertitles. Characters were hard to tell apart, because they were mostly filmed in long shot. I found it all somewhat difficult to follow, although I guess I got the gist.

Still, some of the individual scenes are interesting. I suppose the theme of interracial marriage was probably notable for the time (and its outcome predictable). And the film ws mostly filmed on location, which made it a bit easier to watch. I don't imagine I'll ever feel a burning desire to see this again, but it was worthwhile seeing once as an historical document.

C. B. DeMille did learn his craft quickly. By 1915, he was doing vastly better work than this (Carmen, The Cheat).

5.5/10

* Although the version I saw was a 1920s reissue, and it's possible it had some footage added, but it seems unlikely, because that almost certainly would have been jarringly obvious.


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