Last of the Mohicans, The (1920): Lavish Silent, Starring Noah Beery

A lavish silent retelling of the James Fenimore Cooper classic, The Last of the Mohicans pits the villainous Magua (Noah Beery) against Hawkeye, Uncas, and Chingachgook, and the story’s other characters.

As Alice and Cora Munro attempt to find their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, they are set upon by French soldiers and their cohorts, Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua.

Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye.

Boris Karloff can be seen in a bit part as an Indian.

Clarence Brown took over directing when the original helmer Maurice Tourneur was injured during production.

 

Cast:

Wallace Beery…. Magua

Barbara Bedford…. Cora Munro

Alan Roscoe…. Uncas

Lillian Hall…. Alice Munro

Henry Woodward…. Major Heyward

James Gordon (I)…. Colonel Munro

George Hackathorne…. Captain Randolph

Nelson McDowell…. David Gamut

Harry Lorraine…. Hawkeye

Theodore Lorch…. Chingachgook

Jack McDonald (I)…. Tamenund

Sydney Deane…. General Webb

Credits:

Directed by Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur

Writing credits: Robert Dillon of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel.