Leatherstocking (1924)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Coming-of-Age  |   Countries - USA  |  
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James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking came to the screen in 1924, courtesy of former cattle rancher C.W. Patton, who produced this ten-chapter serial version for Pathé release. Harold Miller starred in the title role, a white boy growing to manhood as a member of the Delaware Indian tribe. In typical Fenimore Cooper style, Leatherstocking becomes the protector of pretty Judith Hutter (Edna Murphy), her hysterical sister, Hetty (Lillian Hall), and their father (Whitehorse), whose houseboat has come under the attack from the villainous Hurons, a tribe in the employ of the French imperialists. Serial regular Frank Lackteen played the evil Huron chief Briarthorn and David Dunbar portrayed Chingachgook, the Last of the Mohicans. In one of his earliest screen appearances, future B-Western hero Tom Tyler played Lackteen's henchman.