Seminole

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Hudson is a graduate of West Point assigned to an outpost near the Everglades because of his expertise in both the area and the local Seminole Indians. Upon arriving at his new position the lieutenant looks up Hale, his girl friend from childhood, who is now in love with Quinn. Quinn, leader of the Seminoles, was also a boyhood friend of Hudson's. Hudson...read more

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Hudson is a graduate of West Point assigned to an outpost near the Everglades because of his expertise in both the area and the local Seminole Indians. Upon arriving at his new position the lieutenant looks up Hale, his girl friend from childhood, who is now in love with Quinn. Quinn,

leader of the Seminoles, was also a boyhood friend of Hudson's. Hudson plans to use Hale to help arrange a peace treaty between the Indians and the white men, but this is foiled by a scouting party sent out by Hudson's commander, Carlson. Carlson has ill feelings towards the Seminoles, feelings

intensified when a member of the scouting party kills an Indian chief. Quinn's son O'Brian vows that the death will be avenged. Though Hudson tries to warn his commander about possible consequences, Carlson orders a surprise raid on the Indian tribes, which is a resounding failure. Carlson grows

incensed and has Hudson and Hale bring Quinn to him under the guise of a truce. Once alone with the Seminole leader, Carlson inflicts a savage beating on Quinn before throwing him into a detention pit. After Hudson hears of this he confronts Carlson, who arrests the lieutenant. O'Brian, in an

attempt to replace his father as the tribe's leader, sneaks into the fort and murders Quinn. Hudson is blamed for the death and Carlson orders him to be shot. Before the orders are carried out, O'Brian and his men stage a raid on the fort. Hudson is freed and Carlson is arrested, charged with

deceit. As the story closes, Hudson and O'Brian arrange a peace treaty with the understanding that Carlson be brought to trial.

Though only about average for a Boetticher western, the film has some good action sequences that make use of the Florida swamp land. Particularly good is the surprise attack on the Indians which leaves Carlson's men floundering around in the Everglades marsh knowing they are surrounded by the

enemy but not knowing how it happened. The performances are good considering the slight sketches the script offers, particularly by Marvin in an early supporting role. Though the picture deals with real historical characters and events, it deviates substantially from what really occurred. In 1837,

Gen. Thomas S. Jesup arrested the real Osceola and a number of other Seminoles under a flag of truce. Osceola was transported to Fort Moultrie in South Carolina, where he died the following year. The Seminoles never signed a peace treaty, and technically are still at war with the government of the

US.

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