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.[1] 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.[2]

When the Redskins Rode
Directed byLew Landers
Produced bySam Katzman
Written byRobert E. Kent
StarringJon Hall
Mary Castle
James Seay
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyLester White
Edited byRichard Fantl
Esskay Pictures Corporation
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
May 30, 1951
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



  1. Österberg p.239
  2. Eldridge p.20


  • David Eldridge. Hollywood's History Films. I.B.Tauris, 2006.
  • Bertil O. Österberg. Colonial America on Film and Television: A Filmography. McFarland, 2000.

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