Captain John Smith and Pocahontas

Synopsis: Captain John Smith (Anthony Dexter), returned fom the Jamestown colony, is telling his story before the Court of King James I (Anthony Eustral.) He tells of the unrest in the colony and how he set out to make peace with the Indians. He is captured and sentenced to death, but Pocahontas (Jody Lawrence) makes her celebrated intervention and, instead of a slaying, there is a wedding. Back at Jamestown, Smith makes efforts to keep the colony united and the Indians from attacking, in spite of the efforts of some in the colony who stir up trouble for their own gain. He exposes them and returns to England to give his report. He stays because Pocahontas, thinking he is dead, has remarried.
Director(s): Lew Landers
Production: MGM
75 min

Save the Indians the trouble.

Not if we labor fast. Go on, man.

And the rest of you, a ditch below

the river bank, and dig as you hope to live.

Follow me.

Don't listen to the loudmouth cockerel, lad.

It'll be your death.

He who does not dig, gets no shelter.

- Come on.

- Lads, listen to me.

He gives orders as if he'd been chartered

by the King himself.

We'll see for how long.

If John Rolfe could reach the ships

in time to give the message...

we still had a chance.

But at this moment, the odds were long

against Jamestown surviving.

The signal. Take cover.


- It was an able piece of work, John Rolfe.

- The sight of you and the men lifts a load.

- I was afraid the work too well done.

- At least half our company is safe.

It's small enough.

Great credit lying in a hole

when there's fighting afoot.

I have memory of you

at the very bottom of the hole.

Come, lads.

There's work aplenty for all.

- How go the tally, John?

- Not so good, Captain.

We were short enough before the attack.

And now, between Indians

and the ship's cannon...

most of what we did have is gone.

Now here's a list I made:

Of dried fish, 200 pounds, of salt...

By whose orders

do you assume this authority?

By whose order do you question it?

I'm a gentleman,

born to a higher rank than any here.

That is of concern only to you

and your mother, not me.

It's a matter I also intend to settle

between us, here and now.


I suggest we put this matter to a vote.

I have a candidate.

He saved our skins.

And he'd be a man who would tweak

the devil's own tail, if need be.

- Capt. John Smith!

- Aye!

You fools, this job calls for a gentleman,

not an adventurer.

As for me, I look into a man's heart.

Not whether he was born

between silken sheets.

Capt. Smith has my hand.

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Aubrey Wisberg

Aubrey Lionel Wisberg (October 20, 1909 – March 14, 1990) was a screenwriter, director, and producer. He immigrated to the United States in 1921, attended New York University and Columbia University, and married Barbara Duberstein. Wisberg made his career as a screenwriter, director, and producer with credits in more than 40 films including The Big Fix, The Man from Planet X, Hercules in New York, The Neanderthal Man, Captive Women, Port Sinister and Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl. Three of his early screenplays were World War II movies: Counter-Espionage and Submarine Raider in 1942 and They Came to Blow Up America in 1943. Wisberg's 1945 film The Horn Blows at Midnight starred the comedian Jack Benny. Wisberg was associate producer for Edward Small Productions; founder and executive producer for Wisberg Productions; and co-founder of American Pictures Corporation and Mid-Century Films. Production credits for Mid-Century Film include, The Man From Planet X (1951), Return to Treasure Island (1954) and Murder Is My Beat (1955). Wisberg was the author of several books, including Patrol Boat 999, Savage Soldiers, This Is the Life and Bushman at Large. Wisberg was also a radio and television dramatist in the United States, Australia, and England; a radio diffusionist in Paris; and a journalist. He won the International Unity Award, from the Inter-Racial Society, for The Burning Cross. Aubrey Wisberg died of cancer in 1990 in New York City. He was 80 years old. more…

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