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Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 8 December 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, in the Great Lakes region the British troops have driven the French out and with help from the mercenary Hessian troops the British plan to annihilate the native tribes of the Ottawas.




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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Kent McIntire
Helen Westcott ...
Winifred Lancaster
Chief Pontiac (as Lon Chaney)
Berry Kroeger ...
Col. von Weber
Maj. Gladwin
Katherine Warren ...
Chia (as Katharine Warren)
Ramsay Hill ...
Gen. Sir Jeffrey Amherst (as Ramsey Hill)
Von Weber's aide
James Fairfax ...
Guardhouse sentry
Abner George ...


In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The fighting story of the great Pontiac. See more »


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Release Date:

8 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Los que saben morir  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Indians are played by members of a Sioux tribe from a reservation near Rapid City, South Dakota, where this was filmed. The British and Hessian troops were played by U.S. Air Force soldiers from a local airbase. See more »


The Hessian soldiers fire smooth-bore, muzzle-loading muskets numerous times without reloading them. See more »

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Lon Chaney in a rare starring role
9 April 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1952's "Battles of Chief Pontiac" was a low budget Western from Realart, a redistribution outfit that produced several titles of their own, but are best remembered for keeping Universal Horror in cinemas right up to the 1957 TV debut of Shock Theater. This was their third and last from Lon Chaney, following successful turns in "Bride of the Gorilla" and "The Bushwhackers," here playing the title role of Chief Pontiac, third billed behind Lex Barker and Helen Westcott. Still the current Tarzan, the well cast Barker seeks peace between the Indians and the colonists in pre-Revolutionary War America, filmed on location in Rapid City, South Dakota. Usually cast as Western villains or thug henchmen, Chaney retains great dignity and compassion in this rare change of pace, which may have played a part in his later series HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, where he portrayed Chingachgook. Those familiar with "Of Mice and Men" or even "The Wolf Man" remember how Chaney could excel in sympathetic roles, and here he delivers the goods, though slightly, and understandably, overshadowed by Barker's heroics. Berry Kroeger's evil Hessian Von Weber deserves special mention, and his shocking fate in the fitting hands of Chief Pontiac is punishment well deserved.

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