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This was Maurice Tourneur's first film for Associated Producers. Clarence Brown, Tourneur's assistant, took over direction when Tourneur was injured during shooting. According to modern sources, Boris Karloff had a small role in this film as a marauding Indian. A pre-production news item states that Omar Whitehead was to play the role of Hawkeye. For information on the many other film adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper's novel, See Entry for the 1936 United Artists release of The Last of the Mohicans , directed by George B. Seitz and starring Randolph Scott and Binnie Barnes in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ... More Less

This was Maurice Tourneur's first film for Associated Producers. Clarence Brown, Tourneur's assistant, took over direction when Tourneur was injured during shooting. According to modern sources, Boris Karloff had a small role in this film as a marauding Indian. A pre-production news item states that Omar Whitehead was to play the role of Hawkeye. For information on the many other film adaptations of James Fenimore Cooper's novel, See Entry for the 1936 United Artists release of The Last of the Mohicans , directed by George B. Seitz and starring Randolph Scott and Binnie Barnes in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
4 Sep 20
p. 1915.
MPN
16 Oct 20
p. 3038.
MPN
23 Oct 20
p. 3238.
MPN
30 Oct 20
p. 430.
MPN
27 Nov 20
p. 4124.
MPN
4 Dec 20
p. 4343.
MPW
4 Dec 20
p. 589.
MPW
11 Dec 20
p. 771.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Nov 1920.
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New York Times
3 Jan 1921
p. 20.
Photoplay
Apr 1921
p. 78.
Wid's
28 Nov 20
p. 2.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 November 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Maurice Tourneur
Copyright Date:
16 November 1920
Copyright Number:
LP15837
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

During the French and Indian War, Cora Munro and her younger sister Alice are on their way to Fort Henry, unaware that the fort, under the command of their father Colonel Munro, is besieged by Indians in league with the French. Leading the girls is Magua, a heinous Indian who has been cast out from the Huron tribe. En route, they meet Uncas, Chingachgook and the scout Hawkeye. Realizing Magua's identity, Hawkeye attempts to capture him, but the scoundrel eludes him. Next morning, the group is captured, but Uncas, Chingachgook and Hawkeye escape and rescue their party. Just as they approach the fort, Colonel Munro is forced to surrender with the agreement that the women and children be spared. Meanwhile, the Hurons, incited by Magua, attack the fort and a terrible massacre ensues. Magua takes Cora and Alice prisoner in the Delaware Indian camp. Soon after, Uncas arrives and reveals himself to be the "last of the Mohicans" and therefore a royal member of the Delawares. Attempting to accommodate royalty, a compromise is reached among the Indians: Cora is to go with Magua and Alice is to be freed. Later, Magua murders both Cora and Uncas but is felled by a bullet from Hawkeye. The Delawares then lament the passing of the last of the ... +


During the French and Indian War, Cora Munro and her younger sister Alice are on their way to Fort Henry, unaware that the fort, under the command of their father Colonel Munro, is besieged by Indians in league with the French. Leading the girls is Magua, a heinous Indian who has been cast out from the Huron tribe. En route, they meet Uncas, Chingachgook and the scout Hawkeye. Realizing Magua's identity, Hawkeye attempts to capture him, but the scoundrel eludes him. Next morning, the group is captured, but Uncas, Chingachgook and Hawkeye escape and rescue their party. Just as they approach the fort, Colonel Munro is forced to surrender with the agreement that the women and children be spared. Meanwhile, the Hurons, incited by Magua, attack the fort and a terrible massacre ensues. Magua takes Cora and Alice prisoner in the Delaware Indian camp. Soon after, Uncas arrives and reveals himself to be the "last of the Mohicans" and therefore a royal member of the Delawares. Attempting to accommodate royalty, a compromise is reached among the Indians: Cora is to go with Magua and Alice is to be freed. Later, Magua murders both Cora and Uncas but is felled by a bullet from Hawkeye. The Delawares then lament the passing of the last of the Mohicans. +

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