Captain John Smith and Pocahontas

Captain John Smith and Pocahontas is a 1953 American NR historical film directed by Lew Landers. The distributor was United Artists. It stars Anthony Dexter, Jody Lawrance and Alan Hale.[1]

Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byEdward Small (executive)
Jack Pollexfen
Aubrey Wisberg
Written byJack Pollexfen
Aubrey Wisberg
StarringAnthony Dexter
Jody Lawrance
Music byAlbert Glasser
Eclipse Films
Reliance Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
November 20, 1953
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

While most scenes were filmed in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains region, exteriors were shot around Bronson Canyon. It depicts the foundation of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia by English settlers and the relationship between John Smith and Pocahontas. She married John Rolfe in real life. It is also known by the alternative title Burning Arrows.[2] Regarded as a B movie, the film has gained a cult following.

Main cast


The film was issued on a double bill with The Steel Lady.[3]


Due to the lower limit budget, the film proved to be unsuccessful both by critics and at the box office. Hal Erickson of allmovie gave the film his lowest star rating.


  1. Captain John Smith and Pocahontas at Turner Classic Movies
  2. Österberg, Bertil (2000). Colonial America on Film and Television: A Filmography. McFarland. p. 7. ISBN 9780786450589.
  3. Adventure Keynotes Two-Feature Program Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 Nov 1953: A9.

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