Navy Lieutenant Tufts accompanies scout Quincy Wyatt into the Everglades to rout the Seminole Indians who are threatening the early settlers in Florida. When the command is forced to run, Wyatt and Seminole Chief Oscala square off in an exciting climax.
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Filming in the Everglades posed many dangers for the film unit. Gary Cooper sank to his waist in quicksand one day before he could be freed, and cameraman Sid Hickox, "swore that he almost set up on an alligator." According to the director, Cooper also complained that he had "donated a gallon of his best blood to the mosquitoes and leeches." See more
When Captain Quincy Wyatt interrogates a captive Seminole Indian by threatening him with a poisonous snake, you can clearly see that the Indian is safe because there is a protective piece if glass between him and the snake. The snake's reflection is quite visible. See more
Lt. Richard Tufts
[Referring to Judy
I take her to be a lady of quality.
Capt. Quincy Wyatt
Why? Because she has a servant?
Opening credits are followed immediately by Lt. Richard Tufts (Richard Webb) writing in his LOG "I, Lieutenant Richard Tufts, United States Navy, do make this account of my perilous journey in the Territory of Florida in the year 1840." See more
Referenced in QI: Film