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The Cowboy and the Indians (1949)

Approved | | Western | 15 September 1949 (USA)
Evil Indian Agent Richards is cheating the Indians into starvation. Gene shows that their raids are only for survival.

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Champ - Gene's Horse (as Champion World's Wonder Horse)
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Doctor Nan
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Smiley Martin
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Tom - Ranch Foreman
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Lakoma
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Lucy Broken Arm
Georgie Nokes ...
Rona
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Broken Arm
Alex Frazer ...
Fred
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Henchman Luke
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Finding Indians stealing from his ranch, Gene learns they are suffering from malnutrition. Store owner Martin is cheating them and now he is after the Chief's valuable necklace. When the dying chief is found, having been attacked and robbed, Martin blames Lakhona who would become the new chief. When Gene helps Lakhona they soon find themselves fleeing from the law. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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15 September 1949 (USA)  »

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O Vaqueiro e os Peles-Vermelhas  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Both Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore appeared in this picture. They would later star together in The Lone Ranger TV series as Tonto and the Lone Ranger. See more »


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One Little Indian Boy
Written by Robert Bilder
Sung by Gene Autry
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Superior Autry
24 December 2013 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Superior Autry, with lots of hard-riding, fast-shooting, and flying-fists, along with a good storyline not often seen in those days. The voice-over prologue actually explains why Indians were often hostile to the white settlers, something not often done, since their exotic looks served as useful movie canon fodder. Anyhow, the Indians are portrayed here as ordinary human beings, with a different culture but with the same needs. Then too, except for Lucy Broken Arm (Drake), real Indians are cast in leading parts, something else Hollywood did not often do.

Trouble is a slippery white merchant is cheating his red man customers, such that they're having to steal food, which brings rancher Gene into the picture. Catch the great staging around the rock spires and boulders. They make a great backdrop for shootouts, and I don't think that setting was the picturesque Alabama Hills so familiar from many Hollywood oaters. Anyway, the emphasis here is on action, a humane message, and a dollop of charm (the kids) making this an unusually well-rounded Autry entry.


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