THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS (PG)
D: George B. Seitz
United Artists/Reliance (Edward Small)
US 🇺🇸 1936
W: Philip Dunne [based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper]
DP: Robert H. Planck
Ed: Jack Dennis & Harry Marker
Mus: Roy Webb
Randolph Scott (Hawkeye), Binnie Barnes (Alice Munro), Henry Wilcoxon (Maj. Duncan Heyward), Bruce Cabot (Magua), Heather Angel (Cora Munro)
It was a bold decision to attempt to bring James Fenimore Cooper's sprawling novel to the stage in the 1930's, before filmmaking practices or budgetary issues could really do justice to such a story, and while I can admire the attempt, it really does make a boring film.
Set amidst the French-Indian war, a British officer and his cohort are ambushed by the enemy and a Huron tribe who have become part of their numbers. The women are captured and the last members of the Mohican tribe mount a rescue attempt.
Stage-bound and dialogue heavy with cliched "Native Indian" speech, this adaptation is full of history but quite light on adventure. It wasn't the first film to attempt to bring Cooper's work to the screen, as a few silent versions had preceded it, followed by a some further versions and a couple of television series' before Michael Mann directed the definitive version in 1992.
I would have to say that this version is for historical interest only.