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The Vanishing American (1925)

 -  Western  -  15 February 1926 (USA)
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History, as portrayed in this film, has been a succession of conquests of stronger races over weaker ones. As played out on the stage of Monument Valley, long ago, tribes of Indians ... See full summary »

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Charles Crockett ...
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Charles Stevens ...
Shoie
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Rhur
Richard Howard ...
Glendon
John Webb Dillon ...
Naylor
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History, as portrayed in this film, has been a succession of conquests of stronger races over weaker ones. As played out on the stage of Monument Valley, long ago, tribes of Indians defeated the ancient cliff dwellers; then came the Europeans to conquer the Indians. Now, in the early 20th Century, a tribe of Navajo live on a reservation overseen by an Indian-hating agent, Booker. He and his men steal the best Indian horses for their own profit. Nophaie, a tribal leader, complains to Booker's higher-ups, but he is unable to gain fair treatment from the whites. When World War I breaks out, an Army captain comes west in search of the horses that Booker was supposed to have bought from the Indians for a fair price. Marian Warner, the teacher at the Indian School, has befriended Nophaie, teaching him to read; she convinces him that the Great War is a fight for a more just world, and that, when that world comes, the Indian will be better treated. Nophaie not only brings horses for the Army,... Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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The rumor about the herd of 14 bison being brought to Catalina Island for the filming of this movie was debunked by the curator of the Catalina Museum on the PBS show California's Gold (1991). See more »

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Outstanding - deeply felt and beautiful film

This is an incredible rarity- a look at Native Americans from their first settling on this continent (basket weavers, slab builders, cliff dwellers, etc.) through the then present day of post WW I. Richard Dix is exceptionally good in his finest performance as Nophaie, the tribe's leader and Lois Wilson is equally fine as the schoolmarm. Their inter-racial love is impeccably handled. Noah Beery lends his usual charming menace as the villain. The screenplay is unique, balancing opposing points of view and the cinematography is breath-taking. Had there been Oscars then, I'd have nommed it for Best Film, Actor - Dix, Direction - Seitz, Screenplay and Cinematography.

Currently available on KINO Video in an impeccably restored print - add this to your collection. A most unique film and worthy of rediscovery.


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