When the Redskins Rode
When the Redskins Rode is a 1951 American historical western film directed by Lew Landers and starring Jon Hall, Mary Castle and James Seay. The film is loosely based on the events leading up to the outbreak of the French and Indian War. It was one of several films made during the decade that portrayed politics in Colonial America as a precursor to the westerns of the more common setting of the nineteenth century.
|When the Redskins Rode|
|Directed by||Lew Landers|
|Produced by||Sam Katzman|
|Written by||Robert E. Kent|
|Starring||Jon Hall |
|Music by||Mischa Bakaleinikoff|
|Edited by||Richard Fantl|
Esskay Pictures Corporation
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|May 30, 1951|
Williamsburg, 1753. Hannoc, a young prince of the Deleware, agrees to ally himself with the British against the French who are encroaching south from Canada. A French spy Elizabeth Leeds does everything she can to seduce Hannoc and prevent him from bringing his people into the war on the British side.
However, despite the appeals of his son, Hannoc's father Shingiss attempts to maintain neutral. Shingiss is disturbed that Hannoc has become too anglicised and abandoned native ways, including his rejection of his intended Delaware bride Morna. Eventually a French attack on their lands drive the Delewares into formal alliance with the Crown, and they arrive just in time to assist the beleaguered colonial garrison under George Washington at Fort Necessity.
- Jon Hall as Prince Hannoc
- Mary Castle as Elizabeth Leeds
- James Seay as Colonel George Washington
- John Ridgely as Christopher Gist
- Sherry Moreland as Morna
- Pedro de Cordoba as Chief Shingiss
- John Dehner as John Delmont
- Lewis L. Russell as Governor Dinwiddie
- William Bakewell as Appleby
- Jessie Arnold as Gossip at Wrestling Match
- Jack Chefe as French Lieutenant
- J.W. Cody as Mogama
- Gregory Gaye as St. Pierre
- Charles Horvath as Michel, French Sentry
- Milton Kibbee as Davey
- Harold Miller as Man Seated in Tavern
- Steve Pendleton as Appleby's Friend
- Rick Vallin as Duprez
- Rusty Wescoatt as Znueau
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- Eldridge p.20
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