Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Allegheny Uprising (1939).

Allegheny Uprising (1939). Cast: Claire Trevor and John Wayne,who plays real-life James Smith, an American coping with British rule in colonial America. The film is loosely based on a historical event known as the Black Boys Rebellion of 1765, after the French and Indian War. The supporting cast: Brian Donlevy, George Sanders, and Chill Wills, and the movie was written by P. J. Wolfson from the 1937 novel The First Rebel by Neil H. Swanson and directed by William A. Seiter.  Claire Trevor and John Wayne, also was John Ford's Stagecoach the same year. Allegheny Uprising, Trevor is top-billed over Wayne, because she was more popular at the time.

The story begins as Jim Smith, MacDougall and the Professor, return from fighting the Indian wars in Quebec to their home in Pennsylvania. There they are welcomed by MacDougall's very spirited daughter, Janie.

That night, Indians attack one of the settlements and Jim leads a group of men, disguised as Indians to fight them off. They soon learn that the Indians are getting their weapons from local traders. Jim, decides to ride to Philadelphia to ask governor General Gage, to order a trade ban with the Indians. Which in turn.. Callendar, a dishonest trader talks an army clerk to issue a permit to him.

Captain Swanson, does not believe Jim's accusation that Callendar is continuing to supply the Indians with rum and guns. So.. Jim and his men, disguised as Indians, attack and burn everything on the wagon. Callendar, trying to outsmart Jim destroys the rest of the army wagons and puts the blame on the settlers.

Jim, not knowing what else to do, makes plans to allow the wagons safe passage and then seize the fort and send a wagon of trade goods to General Gage as proof. Wanting to get rid of Jim, Callendar frames him for murder. Will General Gage get there in time to save Jim?

What a surprise it was for me to see John Wayne take second billing to Claire Trevor, because.. he had that same year performed in the classic western, "Stagecoach".( the film that made Wayne a star). It is a really  entertaining story with a great cast.

Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning actress. She was nicknamed the "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl" roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. She performed in over 60 films, where she often played the "bad girl blonde".

After completing high school, Trevor began her career with six months of art classes at Columbia University and six months at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, performing in stock in the late 1920s .

By 1932 began appearing in Brooklyn-filmed Vitaphone shorts. Her first credited film role was in the 1933 film Life in the Raw, with her feature film debut coming that same year in Jimmy and Sally (1933). From 1933 through 1938, Trevor starred in 29 films, often having either the lead role or the role of heroine.

In 1937, she starred with Humphrey Bogart in Dead End, which would lead to her being nominated for Best Supporting Actress. From 1937 to 1940, she appeared with Edward G. Robinson in the popular radio series Big Town, while continuing to make movies. Trevor in The High and the Mighty, a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress By 1939, she was well established as a solid "leading lady".

Some of her most memorable performances during this period were opposite John Wayne, including the classic 1939 western Stagecoach, which was Wayne's breakthrough role. She also starred opposite Wayne in Allegheny Uprising that same year, and again in 1940 in Dark Command. Over a decade later, she would again costar with Wayne, gaining her final Oscar nomination for The High and the Mighty.

Two of Trevor's memorable roles were starring opposite Dick Powell in Murder, My Sweet and with Lawrence Tierney in Born to Kill, in the latter playing a divorcee who gets more than she bargained for by falling in love with a bad boy who impulsively commits a murder. Key Largo, the following year, gave Trevor the role of Gaye Dawn, the washed-up nightclub singer and gangster's moll, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1957 she won an Emmy for her role in the Producers' Showcase episode entitled Dodsworth. Trevor moved into supporting roles in the 1950s, with her appearances becoming increasingly rare after the mid-1960s. She returned for one final theatrical film, playing Sally Field's caustic mother, Charlotte in Kiss Me Goodbye (1982). Her last film was the 1987 television movie Norman Rockwell's Breaking Home Ties. She made a special appearance at the 70th annual Academy Awards in 1998.

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