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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. ...

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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.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
4 Sep 1920
p. 1915
MPN
16 Oct 1920
p. 3038
MPN
23 Oct 1920
p. 3238
MPN
30 Oct 1920
p. 430
MPN
27 Nov 1920
p. 4124
MPN
4 Dec 1920
p. 4343
MPW
4 Dec 1920
p. 589
MPW
11 Dec 1920
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 1920
p. 2
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Clarence L. Brown
Dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Philip R. Dubois
Cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
MUSIC
Mus accompaniment comp
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper (Boston, 1826).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 November 1920
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Maurice Tourneur
16 November 1920
LP15837
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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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