The First Rebel

The First Rebel

William A Seiter (1939)

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Our Score
Originally titled Allegheny Uprising and very sensibly retitled for the UK (who can pronounce Allegheny after all?), this super little pre-American War of Independence western benefited from its casting, reteaming the leads from Stagecoach, John Wayne and Claire Trevor. The former Ringo Kid smashes evil Brian Donlevy's illicit liquor trade as well as managing to deal with snarling British officer George Sanders, while also finding the time to romance Trevor. Well, that's what made John Wayne John Wayne. The film is helped immensely by the somewhat expressionistic lighting from master cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca.


A frontiersman sets out to thwart a consortium of unscrupulous traders who have begun selling arms to the Natives in British colonial America. Western, starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, George Sanders and Brian Donlevy.

Cast & Crew

Actor John Wayne
Actor Claire Trevor
Actor George Sanders
Actor Brian Donlevy
Director William A Seiter

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: R.K.O. Radio Pictures LtdAvailable on: video and DVD