The Conqueror

The Conqueror

The Conqueror is a 1956 American epic historical drama film directed by Dick Powell and written by Oscar Millard. The film stars John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan and co-stars Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, and Pedro Armendáriz. Produced by entrepreneur Howard Hughes, the film was principally shot near St. George, Utah.


Mongol chief Temujin (later to be known as Genghis Khan) falls for Bortai, the daughter of the Tatars' leader, and steals her away, precipitating war. Bortai spurns Temujin and is taken back in a raid. Temujin is later captured. Bortai falls in love with him and helps him escape. Temujin suspects he was betrayed by a fellow Mongol and sets out to find the traitor and overcome the Tatars.

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    contentLocation Mongolia
    director Dick Powell
    editor Stuart Gilmore
    genre adventure drama historical
    keywords betray bortai börte capture genghis khan mongol mongol empire tatar
    musicBy Victor Young
    producer Dick Powell Howard Hughes
    productionCompany RKO Radio Pictures
    publisher RKO Radio Pictures
    recordedAt Utah