The Iroquois Trail

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Hawkeye, an American scout, helps the British side in the French and Indian War, aided by his Indian blood brother Sagamore. THE TERROR OF THE TOMAHAWK!

ACTORS :  George Montgomery, Brenda Marshall, Glenn Langan

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1950

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The Iroquois Trail  Hawkeye, an American scout, helps the British side in the French and Indian War, aided by his Indian blood brother Sagamore.

Good rendition of “The Last of the Mohicans”

3 April 2015 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

The Iroquois Trail  I saw this film courtesy of Youtube and was quite impressed. Considering the presumably-small budget it compares well with other versions of “The Last of the Mohicans”. It is pared down a bit: Hawkeye only has one Indian sidekick and there’s only one daughter at risk from the rapacious Native Americans.

But the plot flows along nicely, the scenes of the besieged fort are adequate and a river chase with canoes is good.

But it did defy credulity that the daughter, “Marion Thorne”, was allowed to try to get to the fort from comparative safety through hostile country escorted by one supposedly-trusted Indian, a British officer and a frontiersman and another Indian, the last two being unknown quantities to the British general.

In the version that I saw, there was a jump between the French commander Montcalm announcing that he would offer the British a truce and his men occupying the fort; the first that I knew that a truce had actually been agreed and implemented was when the Indians attacked the fort and overpowered the French guards.

Classic Karlson, unique and gripping on any terms.

The Iroquois Trail  Although set during the French and Indian War, this suspenceful, fast and violent film is fuelled by strick Film Noir. An innocent man falls deeper into a web of deceit and danger trying to prove his innocence. Director Phil Karlson weaves his powerful style of disturbing close ups, unique twists and turns, unflinching / sudden violence and claustrophobic realism with charactors from James Fennimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans”. Colorful performances all around particularly from film heavy Sheldon Leonard as a rather sinister Native American Indian. Contains the magical quality that compels you to watch it every six months or so.

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