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Man of Conquest (1939)





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Man of Conquest was the first "super production" from Republic Pictures, a studio not known for its lavish budgets. This time, however, no expense was spared in recreating the career of Texas empire-builder Sam Houston. Richard Dix portrayed Houston, heading a gigantic cast of character players impersonating such historical figures as Jim Bowie, Andrew Jackson, Davy Crockett and General Santa Ana (who is depicted as a Hitler-like oppressor!). The film's two major highlights are the Battle of San Jacinto and the siege of the Alamo, both featuring the remarkable stuntwork of Yakima Canutt. Though often juggling facts to make a better story, Man of Conquest is an impressive achievement for so small a studio as Republic. Stock footage from the production would show up for years in the studio's more economical westerns and serials.


Richard Dix
as Sam Houston
Gail Patrick
as Margaret Lea
Edward Ellis
as Andrew Jackson
Robert H. Barrat
as Davy Crockett
George 'Gabby' Hayes
as Lannie Upchurch
C. Henry Gordon
as Santa Ana
Janet Beecher
as Mrs. Lea
Max "Alibi" Terhune
as `Deaf' Smith
Ferris Taylor
as Jonas Lea
Leon Ames
as John Hoskins
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Houston
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Critic Reviews for Man of Conquest

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Satisfactory from every angle and grips throughout.

August 28, 2020 | Full Review…

It is the kind of big idealistic middlebrow epic that America does very well.

May 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Competent but uninspiring biopic of Sam Houston.

July 3, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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