Joe Thunderhorse, a Sioux Indian who has become the wealthy star of a Wild West show, returns home to his reservation after years away and finds that his father is dying and his people are being abused by corrupt white officials.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Chief Joe Thunderhorse
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Lydia
Dudley Digges ...
Elihu P. Quissenberry
Claire Dodd ...
Norma
Henry O'Neill ...
J.R. Dickinson
Robert Barrat ...
Dawson
Arthur Hohl ...
Dr. Turner
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Thomas Shanks
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Sam
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Sheriff Scatters
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Jake
Wallis Clark ...
Cochran
William V. Mong ...
Grandy
DeWitt Jennings ...
Sheriff Jennings
Juliet Ware ...
Mrs. Trevor
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Joe Thunderhorse, a Sioux Indian who has become the wealthy star of a Wild West show, returns home to his reservation after years away and finds that his father is dying and his people are being abused by corrupt white officials.

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Masacre  »

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Chief Joe Thunderhorse: You used to shoot the Indian down. Now you cheat him and starve him and kill him off by dirt and disease. It's a massacre, any way you take it!
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The Sun Dance
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Music by Leo Friedman
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Chief Richard Barthelmess
14 August 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Rodeo stunt rider Richard Barthelmess (as Joe "Chief" Thunder-Horse) thrills crowds at the Chicago "World's Fair" celebrating a century of progress in Native American Indian affairs. An assimilated Sioux, Mr. Barthelmess receives word that back on the Reservation his father is dying. Barthelmess takes time out to fulfill a sexual fantasy with shapely blonde Claire Dodd (as Norma), then drives to the Reservation with his happy-go-lucky manservant. On the way, he is attracted to red-skinned Ann Dvorak (as Lydia). Barthelmess discovers his forgotten brethren are being mistreated, and need help...

He reveals himself in great physical shape when he strips after his opening stunts, but the camera shows Barthelmess modestly keeps his underwear on in the shower. The make-up and hairstyle the actor used to compliment his regrettable facial surgery works for the "Indian" character. Female figure watchers should be alerted to Ms. Dodd's early scenes, as she fills her dress exceptionally well. Also watch for the car chase wherein future "Charlie Chan" star Sidney Toler (as Shanks) gets his comeuppance.

***** Massacre (1/18/34) Alan Crosland ~ Richard Barthelmess, Ann Dvorak, Dudley Digges, Claire Dodd


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