The Deerslayer (1957)

76 mins | Drama | 3 October 1957

Director:

Kurt Neumann

Producer:

Kurt Neumann

Cinematographer:

Karl Struss

Editor:

Jodie Copelan

Production Designer:

Theobold Holsopple

Production Company:

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The title card for this film reads "James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer ." According to a May 1957 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on location at Bass Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. For information on other film versions of Cooper's novel, see the entry for the 1943 Republic film Deerslayer in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 ... More Less

The title card for this film reads "James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer ." According to a May 1957 HR news item, portions of the film were shot on location at Bass Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. For information on other film versions of Cooper's novel, see the entry for the 1943 Republic film Deerslayer in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 . More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Sep 1957.
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Daily Variety
12 Sep 57
p. 3.
Film Daily
3 Oct 57
p. 10.
Harrison's Reports
21 Sep 57
p. 150.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 57
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
17 May 57
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 57
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Sep 57
p. 545.
The Exhibitor
16 Oct 57
p. 4391.
Variety
18 Sep 57
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Prop master
COSTUMES
Men's cost supv
Women's cost supv
MUSIC
SOUND
MAKEUP
Hair sylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Dial coach
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Deerslayer: Or, the First War-Path, A Tale by James Fenimore Cooper (Philadelphia, 1841).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer
Release Date:
3 October 1957
Production Date:
late April--late May 1957
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 September 1957
Copyright Number:
LP9261
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound Recording
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Lenses/Prints
lenses by Bausch & Lomb
Duration(in mins):
76
Length(in feet):
6,992
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After The Deerslayer, a white man reared by the Mohicans, and his blood brother Chingachgook, a Mohican chief, save trader Harry Marsh from the hostile Huron Indians, they learn that the Hurons will attack Old Tom Hutter and his two daughters, Hetty and Judith, who live on a floating raft fort on the river. Judith longs to run away to Albany with the burly Marsh, but her stern father insists that she and her strange, untamed sister Hetty remain with him. The Deerslayer and Chingachgook decide to help the beleaguered family, but soon learn that Hutter hates the Indians because they scalped his wife years before and has since devoted his life to collecting Indian scalps. The Hurons are determined to retrieve the scalps of their dead so that their souls may rest in peace. On a scouting mission, The Deerslayer and Chingachgook discover the Hurons are forming a canoeing party to attack the fort. They are trapped when they attempt to smash the canoes, but are rescued by Marsh and Hutter, who kill and scalp two of the Hurons. Later, the Hurons attack, and Hutter is captured by the Indians. Marsh wants to take Hutter's gold and scalps, but The Deerslayer decides to use the scalps to bargain for Hutter's release. Meanwhile, from a notation in Hutter's Bible, The Deerslayer learns that Hetty is an Indian whom Hutter stole and reared as his own daughter. Unaware that the conniving Marsh has stolen the scalps from his pouch and intends to sell them, The Deerslayer meets with the Hurons, who agree to the trade. Upon discovering that Marsh has stolen the scalps, Hetty ... +


After The Deerslayer, a white man reared by the Mohicans, and his blood brother Chingachgook, a Mohican chief, save trader Harry Marsh from the hostile Huron Indians, they learn that the Hurons will attack Old Tom Hutter and his two daughters, Hetty and Judith, who live on a floating raft fort on the river. Judith longs to run away to Albany with the burly Marsh, but her stern father insists that she and her strange, untamed sister Hetty remain with him. The Deerslayer and Chingachgook decide to help the beleaguered family, but soon learn that Hutter hates the Indians because they scalped his wife years before and has since devoted his life to collecting Indian scalps. The Hurons are determined to retrieve the scalps of their dead so that their souls may rest in peace. On a scouting mission, The Deerslayer and Chingachgook discover the Hurons are forming a canoeing party to attack the fort. They are trapped when they attempt to smash the canoes, but are rescued by Marsh and Hutter, who kill and scalp two of the Hurons. Later, the Hurons attack, and Hutter is captured by the Indians. Marsh wants to take Hutter's gold and scalps, but The Deerslayer decides to use the scalps to bargain for Hutter's release. Meanwhile, from a notation in Hutter's Bible, The Deerslayer learns that Hetty is an Indian whom Hutter stole and reared as his own daughter. Unaware that the conniving Marsh has stolen the scalps from his pouch and intends to sell them, The Deerslayer meets with the Hurons, who agree to the trade. Upon discovering that Marsh has stolen the scalps, Hetty swims to shore to warn The Deerslayer and Chingachgook, and feeling betrayed, Judith denouces Marsh and runs away from him. When the Hurons discover that the scalps are missing, they take The Deerslayer, Chingachgook, Hetty and Judith captive. Crazed, Hutter breaks his bonds and attacks his captors, and is killed in combat. In the chaos, The Deerslayer, Chingachgook, Hetty and Judith flee into the woods to fend off their attackers. Just as they run out of ammunition, Marsh comes to their rescue, firing a cannon that he hauled from Hutter's fort. Judith then accompanies Marsh back to Albany, while The Deerslayer, Chingachgook and Hetty return to the Mohicans. +

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