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The Conquerors (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 18 November 1932 (USA)
A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Robert Lord (screen play), Howard Estabrook (from a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Roger Standish / Roger Lennox
Ann Harding ... Caroline Ogden Standish
Edna May Oliver ... Matilda Blake
Guy Kibbee ... Dr. Daniel Blake
Julie Haydon ... Frances Standish Lennox
Donald Cook ... Warren Lennox
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Thomas B. Ogden
Wally Albright ... Roger Standish - One of the Twins
Marilyn Knowlden ... Frances Standish - One of the Twins
Harry Holman ... Stubby
Jason Robards Sr. ... Lane (as Jason Robards)
E.H. Calvert ... Doctor
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A newlywed couple journeys west to make their fortune, and begins a banking empire.

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Taglines:

Out of the Smoke of its Chimneys,Out of the Sweat of its Fields, Out of the Faith of its People The Unconquerable Soul of America Marches On! (Print Ad- Decorah Public Opinion,((Decorah, Iowa)) 1 December 1932)

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pioneer Builders See more »

Filming Locations:

Cooperstown, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher had a major supporting role which wound up largely deleted before the film's release. He does appear, albeit uncredited, in the final film. See more »

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A scene from inside the bank shows a streetcar passing by. But when the outside of the bank is viewed there are no streetcar tracks next to the bank. See more »

Connections

Features Four Heads Are Better Than One (1898) See more »

Soundtracks

Long, Long Ago
(1883) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Thomas Haynes Bayley
Played on piano and sung by Ann Harding twice
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They Never Gave Up
20 October 2002 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

Roger and Carolyn Standish head west to give themselves a chance at a future after her father dies. On the way they are robbed and Roger is shot. While recovering from the gunshot wound the town they settle in is robbed. Roger leads the town after the robbers. Then they start a bank. Over the next 50 years they face a series of successes, failures, and successes. In spite of everything that happens to them they never give up.

I think the idea behind this movie is that over time, we will face many ups and downs and that we must keep our faith that there is a future and that it will be better than the past. This film contains many cliches about the building of America. There are several scenes of a hugely growing economy followed by a crash then pessimism then more growth. This was obviously aimed at depression-era audiences to give them hope in the future. And, I think, it was also intended to give a brief overview of what it took to build our country.

No question that it tends to be somewhat melodramatic at times. But it is also uplifting and tells an interesting story and keeps a good pace throughout. Well worth seeing.


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