Seminole (film)

Seminole is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Rock Hudson, Anthony Quinn, Barbara Hale, and Richard Carlson. Much of the film was shot in the Everglades National Park, Florida. The film depicts the Second Seminole War (1835-1842). [2]

Directed byBudd Boetticher
Produced byHoward Christie
Screenplay byCharles K. Peck Jr.
Story byCharles K. Peck Jr.
StarringRock Hudson
Anthony Quinn
Barbara Hale
Richard Carlson
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byVirgil W. Vogel
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 1953 (1953-03) (San Francisco)
  • March 20, 1953 (1953-03-20) (Los Angeles)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million (US)[1]


At Fort King, Florida, in 1835, Lt. Lance Caldwell is charged with the murder of a sentry. At his court martial, he recounts the story of the fragile peace between the settlers and the native Seminole and how that peace is threatened by the strict fort commander, Maj. Harlan Degan, who wants to wipe out the natives. Caldwell’s childhood sweetheart, Revere Muldoon, meets with Osceola, a Seminole chief and old friend of Lt. Caldwell's. Through respect for Caldwell, Osceola comes to the fort under a flag of truce, but is imprisoned by Maj. Degan. Osceola dies while in captivity and Caldwell is accused of his murder and jailed. Eventually, the truth comes out and the Seminole rescue Caldwell from his prison.


See also


  1. 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. Budd Boetticher: The Last Interview Wheeler, Winston Dixon. Film Criticism; Meadville Vol. 26, Iss. 3, (Spring 2002): 52-0_3.
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