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Unconquered Details

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Cecil B. DeMille's first postwar production, the $5 million Technicolor historical spectacular Cecil B. DeMille 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 Boris Karloff, which also starred Gary Cooper! As historically suspect as any Cecil B. DeMille epic, Cecil B. DeMille 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Farciot Edouart Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Dutton Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gordon Jennings Best Special Effects 1947 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Cecil B. DeMille
Director
Cecil B. DeMille
Producer
Jesse Lasky, Jr.
Screenwriter
Charles Bennett
Screenwriter
Ray Rennahan
Cinematographer
Victor Young
Composer (Music Score)
Jay Livingston
Songwriter
Anne Bauchens
Editor
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Walter Tyler
Art Director
Sam Comer
Set Designer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Farciot Edouart
Special Effects
Gordon Jennings
Special Effects
Iron Eyes Cody
Consultant/advisor
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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