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20 January 1934 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Barthelmess ... Chief Joe Thunderhorse

Ann Dvorak ... Lydia

Dudley Digges ... Elihu P. Quissenberry

Claire Dodd ... Norma

Henry O'Neill ... J.R. Dickinson

Robert Barrat ... Dawson
Arthur Hohl ... Dr. Turner

Sidney Toler ... Thomas Shanks

Clarence Muse ... Sam

Charles Middleton ... Sheriff Scatters

Tully Marshall ... Jake
Wallis Clark ... Cochran

William V. Mong ... Grandy

DeWitt Jennings ... Sheriff Jennings
Juliet Ware ... Mrs. Trevor
James Eagles ... Adam Thunderhorse

Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Missionary
Agnes Narcha ... Jennie Thunderhorse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Irving Bacon ... Secretary (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Investigation Attendant (uncredited)

Hank Bell ... Cowboy Selling Rope (uncredited)

Chief John Big Tree ... Indian Judge (uncredited)
George Blackwood ... Charles Moffitt (uncredited)

Sidney Bracey ... Norma's Butler (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Deputy (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Senator Beale (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Party Guest (uncredited)
White Dove ... Indian (uncredited)

Douglass Dumbrille ... Senator Emory, Chairman (uncredited)

Philip Faversham ... Interne (uncredited)
Julia Griffith ... Hearing Spectator (uncredited)

Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Eldridge (uncredited)

Noble Johnson ... Indian Leader (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Dickinson's Secretary (uncredited)

Henry Kolker ... Senator Woolsey (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Indian on Raid (uncredited)
George Reed ... Chief Black Star (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... Indian Show Barker (uncredited)
Chief Standing Bear ... Indian (uncredited)
Chief Thunderbird ... Indian (uncredited)

Niles Welch ... Arena Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Crosland 
Writing credits
Robert Gessner (story)

Ralph Block (screenplay) and
Sheridan Gibney (screenplay)

Ralph Block  story

Produced by
Robert Presnell Sr. .... producer
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes 
Film Editing by
Terry O. Morse 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
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70 min
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Chief Richard Barthelmess, 14 August 2011
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

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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