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           cover of Classic Comics 'The Last of The Mohicans'

This is the only Native American-themed tale with multiple films made from it, and in fact, it was made three times as a silent short, three times as a silent feature (one in Germany), as a 1957 TV series, as four long-form TV movies, as three TV mini-series, and as eight sound feature films.

           The five 'Leatherstocking Tales' by James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851] were mostly set in XVIIIth Century New York State, when much of the colony was still a wilderness. Fearless frontiersman Natty Bumppo is the central figure in all five novels, and he is known by several names: Deerslayer, Hawkeye, La Longue Carabine (Long Rifle), Leatherstocking, and Pathfinder. The books were published out of chronological order – Pioneers [1823], Mohicans [1826], Pathfinder [1840], Deerslayer [1841], and Prairie [1827] – and are here described in chronological order.
'Leatherstocking Tales' entry at Wikipedia

"The Deerslayer: The First War Path" set in 1740-1755
           Deerslayer is enroute to meet lifelong friend Chingachgook; indigenous Hurons besiege the home of former pirate 'Floating Tom' Hutter, who attacks the Huron camp with Harry March; Hutter is captured and then ransomed; in an attempt to rescue a kidnapped Indian girl, Deerslayer is captured; Judith & Hetty Hutter attempt and fail to rescue Deerslayer, but March returns with British soldiers and rescues them all.

"The Last of The Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757"
           A party of British soldiers and civilians bound for Fort Henry are guided by Magua on a 'shortcut', where they meet the frontiersman Hawkeye and his two Mohican friends Chingach-gook and his son Uncas; the situation is suspiciously dangerous, Magua escapes and then returns with a Huron war party. Hawkeye leads the British to a hidden cave and when they run out of ammunition, Hawkeye sneaks away to get reinforcements. Magua and the Hurons capture the British and sentence thm to death. Hawkeye and the Mohicans rescue the British and lead them to Fort Henry.
           The French general shows the commander of the fort an intercepted letter from the British general refusing reinforcements; when the defeated British leave the fort, they are attacked by 2,000 Huron warriors; during the ensuing massacre, Magua kidnaps Cora and Alice, the commander's two daughters, and takes them to the Huron village; Hawkeye and the others follow; Hawkeye uses a disguise as a bear to find and rescue Alice, but Cora was given away to a Lenape village. The British party goes after Cora, but she and Magua and Uncas are killed.

"The Pathfinder: The Inland Sea" set in 1758-1759
           Major story elements are a siege of a blockhouse and a storm on Lake Ontario; hardy but now-middle-aged Natty Bumppo is severely tested by love for a young girl, who eventually becomes interested in a younger man, and Natty returns to his home in the wilderness.

"The Pioneers: The Sources of The Susquehanna - A Descriptive Tale" set in 1793
           First written of these tales; elderly Natty Bumppo, known as Leatherstocking, interacts with Judge Temple, his daughter Elizabeth, a mysterious stranger (who courts and marries Elizabeth), and lifelong friend Chingachgook. Chingachgook dies and Natty Bumppo vanishes into the sunset.

"The Prairie: A Tale" set in 1804
           By the time that 'the trapper' is in his eighties, he has left New York because he cannot bear hearing the settlers cut down the forest, and he has seen the Pacific Ocean (before Lewis & Clark), and is still wandering the West. He meets a party looking to homestead the new Louisiana Purchase, and next night Teton Sioux warriors steal their animals. Major story elements include a prairie fire (the trapper saves the day by setting a backfire), an attack by Pawnee warriors on the Teton village. Several of the party return to the East, several return to Louisiana & Kentucky, and the trapper joins a Pawnee village on the Missouri River. Two friends return in time to witness the trapper's 'noble death' and then bury him.

History of The Books

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The  Book

"The Last of The Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757" [1826]
by James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851]

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Library of America 'The Leatherstocking Tales' box set edited by Blake Nevius  "The Leatherstocking Tales (Library of America Edition)" [2012]
Edited by Blake Nevius

Kindle Edition from Library of America/Random House [1985 edition] for $39.98
Library of America 8½x5½ slipcover hardcover set [1/2012] for $54.36
The Complete Leatherstocking Tales books from Ex Fontibus  "The Complete Leatherstocking Tales, 1823-41" [2015]
by James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851]

Volume I: "The Deerslayer" [1841] and "The Last of The Mohicans" [1826]
Ex Fontibus/CreateSpace 9¾x7½ pb [6/2015] for $17.77
Volume II: "The Pathfinder" [1840], "The Pioneers" [1823], and "The Prairie" [1827]
Ex Fontibus/CreateSpace 9¾x7½ pb [7/2015] for $19.77

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The Complete Leatherstocking Tales by James Fenimore Cooper in Kindle format  "The Complete Leatherstocking Tales, 1823-41" for Kindle
by James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851]

contains five novels: "The Deerslayer" [1841], "The Last of The Mohicans" [1826],
"The Pathfinder" [1840], "The Pioneers" [1823], and "The Prairie" [1827]
Kindle Edition from Halcyon Classics [7/2016] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from O.B.G. Classics [7/2017] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from Karpathos Collections [12/2015] for 99¢
Kindle Edition from Krill Press [11/2015] for 99¢

The  Author

James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851]
browse booksIMDb listing {42 credits 1909-96}entry at Wikipedia

"Precaution" novel [1820]
"The Spy: A Tale of The Neutral Ground" novel [1821]
"The Pioneers: or, The Sources of The Susquehanna" novel [1823]
"The Pilot: A Tale of The Sea" novel [1824] about John Paul Jones
"Lionel Lincoln: or, The Leaguer of Boston" novel [1825] about the Battle of Bunker Hill
"The Last of The Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757" novel [1826]
"The Prairie" novel [1827]
"The Red Rover: A Tale" novel [1828] about pirates in 1759
"Notions of The Americans: Picked Up By A Travelling Bachelor" [1828]
non-fiction about America for European readers
"The Wept of Wish-ton-Wish: A Tale" novel [1829]
"The Water-Witch: or The Skimmer of The Seas" novel [1830]
"The Bravo: A Tale" novel [1831]
"The Heidenmauer: or, The Benedictines, A Legend of The Rhine" novel [1832]
"The Headsman: The Abbaye des Vignerons" novel [1833]
"The Monikins" novel [1835] aristocratic monkeys in Antarctica, 1830s
a satire on British and American politics, society & government
"Homeward Bound: or, The Chase: A Tale of the Sea" novel [1838]
"Home as Found: Sequel to Homeward Bound" novel [1838]
"The History of the Navy of the United States of America" non-fiction [1839]
"Old Ironsides" non-fiction [written 1839, publd 1853] history of the frigate USS Constitution
"The Pathfinder, or The Inland Sea" novel [1840]
"Mercedes of Castile: or, The Voyage To Cathay" novel [1840] about Christopher Columbus in the West Indies
"The Deerslayer: or, The First Warpath" novel [1841]
"The Two Admirals" novel [1842] about a Scottish uprising in 1745
"The Wing-and-Wing: Le Feu-Follet (The Wisp)" novel [1842]
"Wyandotte: or, The Hutted Knoll - A Tale" novel [1843]
"Ned Myers: or, Life before The Mast" [1843] biography of Cooper's shipmate who survived an 1813 sinking
"Afloat and Ashore: or, The Adventures of Miles Wallingford - A Sea Tale" novel [1844]
"Miles Wallingford: Sequel To Afloat and Ashore" sequel novel [1844]
"Satanstoe: or, The Littlepage Manuscripts - A Tale of The Colony" novel [1845]
"The Chainbearer; or, The Littlepage Manuscripts" sequel novel [1845]
"The Redskins; or, Indian and Injin: Being The Conclusion of 1850he Littlepage Manuscripts" sequel novel [1846]
"Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers" biography [1846]
"The Crater; or, Vulcan's Peak: A Tale of The Pacific" aka "Mark's Reef" novel [1847]
"Jack Tier: or, The Florida Reefs" aka "Captain Spike: or The Islets of The Gulf" novel [1848]
"The Oak Openings: or, The Bee-Hunter" novel [1848]
"The Sea Lions: The Lost Sealers" novel [1849]
"The Ways of The Hour" novel [1850]
"Upside Down: or, Philosophy In Petticoats" stageplay [1850]
"New York: or, The Towns of Manhattan" unfinished non-fiction [1851]

Movies  &  Television,  Other  Media
The book has been filmed three times as a silent short, three times as a silent feature (one in Germany),
as a 1957 TV series, as four long-form TV movies, as three TV mini-series, and as eight sound feature films.

credits for character 'Hawkeye' at Internet Movie Database

"Leather Stocking" silent short [Biograph Sept 1909]
No image found; 11-minute one-reeler short; seems to be based on 'Last of The Mohicans' • Produced & directed by D.W. Griffith; written by Stanner
E.V. Taylor; cinematography by G.W. 'Billy' Bitzer & Arthur Marvin; starring Owen Moore, George Nichols, Marion Leonard, Linda Arvidson, Mack Sennett
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb

"The Last of The Mohicans" silent short [Powers Picture Plays Aug 1911]
No image found; produced by Pat Powers • bare credits at IMDb

"The Last of The Mohicans" silent short [Thanhouser Film Corp. Nov 1911]
still photo from 1911 short film 'The Last of The Mohicans'  one-reeler b&w short written & directed by Theodore Marston;
starring William Russell, Dark Cloud, James Cruze, Alphonse Ethier,
Frank Hall Crane, Florence La Badie
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • bare credits at IMDb

"The Last of The Mohicans" silent feature [Associated Producers Nov 1920]
'The Last of The Mohicans' 1920 silent feature directed by Maurice Tourneur  Location filming at Big Bear Lake & Yosemite National Park in California; two sisters trying to locate their father, a British officer in the French and Indian War, are set upon by French soldiers and Huron tribesmen led by the evil Magua. Fighting to rescue the women are Chingachgook and his son Uncas, the last of the Mohican tribe, and their white ally, the frontiersman Natty Bumppo, known as Hawkeye • Produced & co-directed by Maurice Tourneur; co-directed by Clarence Brown; scenario by Robert A. Dillon; starring Harry Lorraine {as Hawkeye}, Wallace Beery {as Magua}, Theodore Lorch {as Chingachgook}, Barbara Bedford, Alan Roscoe, Lillian Hall, Henry Woodward, James Gordon, George Hackathorne, Nelson McDowell, Jack McDonald, Sydney Deane, with Boris Karloff as an Indian
73-minute Alpha Home Ent. b&w DVD [2/2012] for $5.73
73-minute Film Detective restored b&w DVD [7/2015] for $9.99
73-minute Synergy Ent. b&w DVD [5/2007] for $9.99
80-minute CreateSpace Video b&w DVD-R [6/2017] for $12.99
73-minute Sling Shot/Eastman House b&w DVD [6/2000] for $14.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch full movie [9/2006 upload; 1:11:06] online at Internet Archive

"Lederstrumpf, 2. Teil: Der Letzte der Mohikaner" [Germany Nov 1920]
poster for German movie 'Der Letzte der Mohikaner'  Filmed in Germany; seems to have the standard 'Mohican' story • Produced & directed by Artur Wellin; written by Robert Heymann; starring Emil Mamelok {as Deerslayer}, Bela Lugosi {as Chingachook}, Kurt Rottenburg {as Magua}, Herta Heden, Gottfried Kraus, Edward Eyseneck, Margot Sokolowska, Charles Barley, Erna Rehberger, Heddy Sven, Egon Söhnlein
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • full credits at IMDb

"The Last of The Mohicans" 'epic serial in 12 chapters'
[Mascot Pictures May 1932]
poster for 1932 'The Last of The Mohicans' serial Chapter 8  Location filming in California at Iverson Ranch, Kern River, Kernville, Lake Sherwood & Thousand Oaks; story is the basic 'Mohican' plot; Chapter Titles: 1. Wild Waters, 2. Flaming Arrows; 3. Rifle of Tomahawk, 4. Riding With Death, 5. Red Shadows, 6. The Lure of Gold, 7. The Crimson Trail, 8. The Tide of Battle, 9. A Redskin's Honor, 10. The Enemy's Strong-hold, 11. Paleface Magic, and 12. The End of The Trail • Co-written & co-directed by Ford Beebe; co-directed by B. Reeves Eason; co-written by Colbert Clark, Jack Natteford & Wyndham Gittens; starring Harry Carey {as Hawkeye}, Hobart Bosworth {as Chingachgook}, Bob Kortman {as Magua}, Frank Coghlan Jr., Edwina Booth, Lucile Browne, Walter Miller, Walter McGrail, Nelson McDowell, Edward Hearn, Mischa Auer, Yakima Canutt, Chief John Big Tree, Joan Gale
214-minute Alpha Video b&w DVD [11/2005] for $5.98
235-minute Grapevine Video b&w DVD [5/2012] 2 disks for $12.95
Anchor Bay Ent. b&w VHS [10/92] for $6.99
full credits at IMDbserial entry at Wikipedia

"The Return of The Mohicans" feature release
[Mascot Pictures 1948]
half-sheet poster for 'The Return of The Mohicans' 1948 re-issue  Edited down to feature length and released by Albert Dezel Productions
as part of a double bill with "The Return of Kit Carson", an edited-down
version of Mascot's 1933 serial "Fighting With Kit Carson"

Starring Harry Carey, Hobart Bosworth, Edwina Booth, Bob Kortman
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • not listed separately at IMDb

"The Last of The Mohicans" [Reliance/United Artists Aug 1936]
'Last of The Mohicans' 1936 feature film starring Randolph Scott   Location filming in California at Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, Iverson Ranch, Kern River & Lake Sherwood; story is basic 'Mohican' plot • Directed by George B. Seitz; written by Philip Dunne, John L. Balderston, Paul Perez & Daniel Moore; starring Randolph Scott, Robert Barrat, Phillip Reed, Binnie Barnes, Henry Wilcoxon, Bruce Cabot, Heather Angel, Hugh Buckler, Willard Robertson, William Stack, Lumsden Hare, Frank McGlynn Sr., Will Stanton, William V. Mong, Art Dupuis, Ian Maclaren, Reginald Barlow, Olaf Hytten, Lionel Belmore, Claude King
Henstooth Video b&w DVD [4/2012] for $14.99
SlingShot b&w DVD-R [11/2016] for $17.95
Anchor Bay Video b&w VHS [11/92] for $5.25
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
watch official trailer [11/2009 upload; 0:31] online at YouTube
watch full movie [6/2017 upload; 1:31:39] online at YouTube

"Last of The Redmen" [1947] /tt0039554

"The Iroquois Trail" [1950] /tt0042602

"Der Letzte der Mohikaner" TV movie [Germany 1956] /tt2581928

"Hawkeye and The Last of The Mohicans" TV series [1957]
starring John Hart & Lon Chaney, Jr. /tt0050026/

"The Pathfinder and the Mohican" (1957) Played by John Hart /tt0126601/
A feature made out of two episodes from the 1958 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans"

"Along the Mohawk Trail" (1957) Played by John Hart /tt0126190/
A feature made out of two episodes from the 1958 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans"

"The Redmen and the Renegades" (1957)
A feature made out of two episodes from the 1958 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans"

"The Long Rifle and the Tomahawk" (1964) /tt0264806/
A feature made out of two episodes from the 1958 TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans"

"The Last Tomahawk" aka "Der Letzte Mohikaner" [1965] starring Anthony Steffen /tt0059385/

"Fall of The Mohicans" [1965] /tt0059839/

"The Last of The Mohicans" [1968] /tt0155307/

"The Leatherstocking Tales" TV mini-series [1969] /tt0062689/

"The Last of The Mohicans" TV mini-series [BBC-TV Jan 1971, PBS-TV USA March 1972] /tt0066678/ BBC

"The Last of The Mohicans" animated TV movie [Hanna-Barbera/CBS-TV Nov 1975]
'Last of The Mohicans' animated TV movie from Hanna-Barbera  Hour-long animated TV show; story is the basic 'Mohican' plot, adapted by Draper Lewis;
featuring voices of Mike Road, John Doucette, John Stephenson, Paul Hecht, Kristina Holland,
Casey Kasem, Joan Van Ark, Frank Welker
Koch Vision color DVD [3/2006] for $5.99
credits at IMDb

"Last of The Mohicans" TV movie [1977] starring Steve Forrest /tt0076300 vhs

"The Leatherstocking Tales" TV mini-series [1984] /tt0139420

"The Last of The Mohicans" animated TV movie [Australia 1987]
Last of The Mohicans 1987 animated TV movie  color animated TV show from Burbank Films Animation in Australia; famous scout Hawkeye rescues the daughters of the Commander of a frontier fort • screenplay by Leonard Lee; featuring voices of John Waters, Andrew Clarke, Bill Conn, Wallas Eaton, Ross Higgins, Scott Higgins, Phillip Hinton, Juliet Jordan, Judy Morris
55-minute Goldhill Home Media color DVD [12/99] for $9.90
Digiview Prodns color DVD with Spanish audio option [3/2005] for $7.98
Digiview Prodns Spanish-language color DVD [3/2005] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbwatch full animated movie [1:05:39] online at YouTube

"The Last of The Mohicans" animated movie [1988]
Last of The Mohicans animated movie on CD-ROM  45-minute animated movie on CD-ROM, probably made for TV;
unable to find any other information (2017)
• not listed on IMDb
animated movie on CD-ROM [1988] for $14.02

"The Last of The Mohicans" [1992] starring Daniel Day-Lewis /tt0104691/ "Making of..."

"The Last of The Mohicans" animated TV series [Mondo TV/R.A.I. Italy 2004]
title card for Mondo World 'Last of The Mohicans' animated TV series  Italian TV series of 26 half-hour episodes; British soldiers & civilians and frontiersman Hawkeye battle hostile Huron natives on their way to remote Fort Henry • Produced by Orlando Corradi, Marco Marcolini & Max Gusberti; story by Paolo Morales & Lucia Zei; English dialogue by Ted Rusoff; featuring voices of Andrea Ward, Ted Rusoff, Francis Pardeilhan, H. Sigurdssen, Katie McGovern, David Kirk Traylor, Flaminia Fegarotti, Ambrogio Colombo, Emanuela D'Amico, Achille D'Aniello, Oliviero Dinelli, Barbara Pitotti, Alessandro Vanni
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • series credits at IMDbofficial movie webpage
watch official trailer - with 'Mo'ican' theme song in Italian [10/2014 upload; 3:08] online at Vimeo
watch 26 episodes [9/2014 uploads] online at YouTube

"The Last of The Mohicans" TV mini-series TV mini-series [FX Channel in development?]
Announced 6/2013: Christopher Crowe, who wrote the 1992 film, will adapt the event series • not listed at IMDb {2017)

Other  'Leatherstocking'  Movies & TV

"Lederstrumpf" aka "The Deerslayer" [Germany Sept 1920]
Long believed to be a lost film, a print of its heavily-edited U.S. release version was eventually discovered, and became available on DVD in the 1990s.
Lederstrumpf, 1. Teil: Der Wildtöter und Chingachgook (1920) = part 1

"Lederstrumpf" [Selznick Distributing 1923] /tt0014193 pLederstrumpf1920

"Leatherstocking" 10-chapter Western film serial
[Pathé Exchange March 1924]
sepia poster for 1924 'Leatherstocking' silent movie serial  color poster for 1924 'Leatherstocking' silent movie serial  based on "The Deerslayer"; Chapter Titles: 1. The Warpath, 2. The Secret Trail, 3. The Hawk's Eyes, 4. The Paleface Law, 5. Ransom, 6. The Betrayal, 7. Rivenoak's Revenge, 8. Out of The Storm, 9. The Panther, and 10. Mingo Torture • Produced by C.W. Patton; directed by George B. Seitz; starring Harold Miller, David Dunbar, Edna Murphy, Whitehorse, Frank Lackteen, Ray Myers, James Pierce, Lillian Hall, Aline Goodwin, Tom Tyler, Emily Barrye
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDbbare movie entry at Wikipedia
"Leatherstocking" novelization [1924] by George Arthur Gray
Suggested by J. Fenimore Cooper's 'Leatherstocking Tales',
Illustrated With Scenes From The Photoplay
Pathé Serial hardcover [1924] long out of print/scarce

"Chingachgook, die grosse Schlange" (1967) starring Rolf Römer /tt0202832/

"The Leatherstocking Tales" [1969] starring Hellmut Lange /tt0062689/

"Hawkeye, the Pathfinder" TV mini-series (1973) starring Paul Massie /tt0224883/

"The Deerslayer" (1978) (TV) starring Steve Forrest /tt0077417/

"Sledopyt (The Pathfinder)" [Russia 1987] /tt0093992/
Written & directed by Pavel Lyubimov

"Hawkeye" /tt0093992/ 1995 TV series starring Lee Horsley /tt0108798/

"The Pathfinder" (1996) (TV) starring Kevin Dillon /tt0117309/

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"The Deerslayer" radio serial [1932]
Dramatized & directed by Charles Frederick Lindsley [1894-1960]
listen to the first radio episode [8/2017 upload; 13:22] online at YouTube

"The Last of The Mohicans" radio serial [1932]
Written & directed by Charles Frederick Lindsley [1894-1960]
listen to compilation of radio episodes [1/2014 upload; 2:46:46] online at YouTube

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N.C. Wyeth illustration for 1919 edition of 'The Last of The Mohicans'         

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