Allegheny Uprising (1939)

81 mins | Adventure | 10 November 1939

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

P. J. Wolfson

Producer:

P. J. Wolfson

Cinematographer:

Nicholas Musuraca

Editor:

George Crone

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Pennsylvania Uprising and Allegheny Frontier , and it was released in Britain as The First Rebel . According to a pre-production news item in HR , actor Bob Burns was slated to appear in this picture but withdrew over a disagreement about the story. Another news item in HR notes that George Sanders replaced Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the role of Capt. Swanson when Hardwicke left the film to fill the spot intended for Basil Rathbone in The Hunchback of Notre Dame . Other news items in HR add that the film was shot on location at Lake Sherwood and Sherwood Forest, CA. This was the second of three films that paired John Wayne and Claire Trevor in 1939 and 1940. The first was Stagecoach and the third was The Dark Command ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Pennsylvania Uprising and Allegheny Frontier , and it was released in Britain as The First Rebel . According to a pre-production news item in HR , actor Bob Burns was slated to appear in this picture but withdrew over a disagreement about the story. Another news item in HR notes that George Sanders replaced Sir Cedric Hardwicke in the role of Capt. Swanson when Hardwicke left the film to fill the spot intended for Basil Rathbone in The Hunchback of Notre Dame . Other news items in HR add that the film was shot on location at Lake Sherwood and Sherwood Forest, CA. This was the second of three films that paired John Wayne and Claire Trevor in 1939 and 1940. The first was Stagecoach and the third was The Dark Command . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
21 Oct 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
24 Oct 39
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 39
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jul 39
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 39
p. 1, 2, 3
Hollywood Reporter
15 Jul 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Oct 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
24 Oct 39
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
7 Oct 39
p. 45.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Oct 39
p. 43.
New York Times
10 Nov 39
p. 29.
Variety
8 Nov 39
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Pandro S. Berman in charge of production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Miss Trevor's wardrobe Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
DANCE
Dance dir
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The First Rebel by Neil Harmon Swanson (New York, 1937).
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Allegheny Frontier
Pennsylvania Uprising
Release Date:
10 November 1939
Production Date:
began 10 July 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
10 November 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9293
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
81
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5538
SYNOPSIS

In 1759, Jim Smith and his friends, MacDougall and the Professor, return from fighting the Indian wars in Quebec to their home in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley. There they are welcomed by MacDougall's fiery daughter Janie. That night, Indians attack a nearby settlement, and Jim leads a contingent of settlers disguised as Indians to rout the marauders. Realizing that the Indians are acquiring their weapons from local traders, Jim rides to Philadelphia to request that the British governor order a trade ban with the Indians. General Gage consents to Jim's request, thus infuriating Callendar, a crooked trader who circumvents the ban by persuading an army clerk to issue permits to him. When Captain Swanson, the smug British officer in charge of the territory, refuses to believe Jim's accusation that Callendar is continuing to supply the Indians with rum and munitions, Jim and his men, once again disguised as Indians, attack the wagon and destroy the contraband. The wily Callendar, however, outsmarts Jim by destroying the army wagons and accusing the settlers of treason. When Swanson believes Callendar's accusations, Jim decides that the only way to prove the trader's treachery is to allow the contraband laden wagons safe passage to the fort, then seize the fort and send a wagon of trade goods to General Gage as proof. To eliminate Jim, Callendar frames him for murder, but his trial comes to an abrupt halt when General Gage arrives, orders Callendar's arrest and sends Swanson back to ... +


In 1759, Jim Smith and his friends, MacDougall and the Professor, return from fighting the Indian wars in Quebec to their home in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Valley. There they are welcomed by MacDougall's fiery daughter Janie. That night, Indians attack a nearby settlement, and Jim leads a contingent of settlers disguised as Indians to rout the marauders. Realizing that the Indians are acquiring their weapons from local traders, Jim rides to Philadelphia to request that the British governor order a trade ban with the Indians. General Gage consents to Jim's request, thus infuriating Callendar, a crooked trader who circumvents the ban by persuading an army clerk to issue permits to him. When Captain Swanson, the smug British officer in charge of the territory, refuses to believe Jim's accusation that Callendar is continuing to supply the Indians with rum and munitions, Jim and his men, once again disguised as Indians, attack the wagon and destroy the contraband. The wily Callendar, however, outsmarts Jim by destroying the army wagons and accusing the settlers of treason. When Swanson believes Callendar's accusations, Jim decides that the only way to prove the trader's treachery is to allow the contraband laden wagons safe passage to the fort, then seize the fort and send a wagon of trade goods to General Gage as proof. To eliminate Jim, Callendar frames him for murder, but his trial comes to an abrupt halt when General Gage arrives, orders Callendar's arrest and sends Swanson back to England. +

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