The Squaw Man (1914)

Stars: Dustin Farnum, Art Acord
Director: Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille
Runtime: 80 Minutes
Language: English subtitles - Orchestra music score
Color:  Tinted and Toned
Format:  DVD-R
Extras: Slim Becomes an Editor
Rating: NR

Price: $12.95 (discontinued)

The Squaw Man

Directed by Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille

Dustin Farnum .... Captain James Wynnegate - aka Jim Carston
Art Acord .... Townsman / Cecil B. DeMille .... Faro Dealer
Cecilia de Mille .... Child / 'Baby' Carmen De Rue .... Hal
William Elmer .... Cash Hawkins
Mrs. A.W. Filson .... The Dowager Lady Elizabeth Kerhill
Haidee Fuller .... Lady Mabel Wynnegate
Winifred Kingston .... Lady Diana - Countess of Kerhill
Foster Knox .... Sir John / Dick La Reno .... Big Bill
Richard L'Estrange .... Grouchy / Fred Montague .... Mr. Petrie
Hal Roach .... Townsman / Monroe Salisbury .... Sir Henry - Earl of Kerhill
Joseph Singleton .... Tabywana / Red Wing .... Nat-U-Ritch

Captain Wynnegate leaves England and heads out West after accepting the blame for embezzling charity funds though knowing that his cousin Sir Henry is guilty. After many lonely months he marries an Indian girl, Nat-U-Rich, and together they have a son. The first feature film made in Hollywood, California, then a rural area.

Offered here is the complete 80 minute version with tints and an orchestra music score.

The Motion Picture Patents Trust, headed by Thomas A. Edison, was at that time engaged in an attempt to control all motion picture production in the U.S., and went to great lengths--often including destruction of property and physical violence--to do so. The Trust was based on the East Coast, which is why many independent producers, such as Cecil B. DeMille, began shooting their films in California. The Trust's intimidation tactics probably explain why DeMille--who was one of their most vocal opponents--put no cast or crew credits on this film.

The site where most of the interior scenes were filmed, on the corner of Sunset and Vine in Hollywood, is now a bank. A mural on one interior wall of the building commemorates the production with four scenes from the film.

Several one-act versions of the play were produced as early as 1904. The complete play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on October 23rd 1905 and closed about April 1st 1906 after 222 performances. The opening night cast included George Fawcett and William S. Hart.

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