The Pathfinder (1952 Film)
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The Pathfinder 1952 Film
The Pathfinder
Directed bySidney Salkow
Produced bySam Katzman
Screenplay byRobert E. Kent
Based onThe Pathfinder by James Fenimore Cooper
StarringGeorge Montgomery
Narrated byMichael Fox
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byJerome Thoms
Sam Katzman Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • December 9, 1952 (1952-12-09)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Pathfinder is a 1952 American Technicolor adventure western film directed by Sidney Salkow and starring George Montgomery.[1]


At the beginning of the French and Indian War in 1754, the Mingo Indians allied to the French massarcre the Mohican tribe allied to British. Pathfinder and Chingachgook discover the only survivor, a child named Uncas. Angered that the British did not protect their allies the Mohicans, Pathfinder gains entry to the British fort and threatens the Scottish commander Colonel Duncannon until it is discovered that the British were unaware due to a Mohican messenger being killed before he could bring the news.

Colonel Duncannon enlists Pathfinder and Chingachgook to spy for the British by posing as French sympathisers. When Pathfinder says they would not be able to discover the plans of the French as they do not speak their language the Colonel assigns Alison, a fluent French speaker to them. Pathfinder is dismayed that Alison is a woman but she earns her place by killing a Mingo with a pistol and infiltrating French society when they arrive at the French fort. Alison discovers that the French have built a road along a mountain pass bringing supplies to the main French port that has a harbour for ships. Blowing up the mountain road with black powder would deny supplies to the French fort meaning all their smaller outposts would fall to the English due to a scarcity of provisions.

Alison came to the North American colonies to marry an English Captain who disgraced himself through alcoholism. She unexpectedly meets him again as he has turned renegade, married a Mingo princess and has a commission in the French army.



Helena Carter had just made The Golden Horde for Katzman.[2]


  1. ^ Montgomery Will Star in 'Pathfinder;' Tucker Plays Mutineer Pirate Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 18 Jan 1952: 19.
  2. ^ Vagg, Stephen (February 14, 2020). "Helena Carter: An Appreciation". Filmink.

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