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Pony Soldier (1952)

Approved | | Western | 19 December 1952 (USA)
In 1876, a Canadian North West Mounted Police Constable must obtain the release of white hostages captured by the Cree tribes that are raiding Montana from their Canadian reservation.



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Complete credited cast:
Constable Duncan MacDonald
Natayo Smith
Emerald Neeley
Jess Calhoun
Anthony Numkena ...
Comes Running (as Anthony Earl Numkena)
Adeline De Walt Reynolds ...
White Moon (as Adeline DeWalt Reynolds)
Howard Petrie ...
Insp. Frazer
Standing Bear


In 1876, Duncan MacDonald joins the new, 300-member Mounted Police in western Canada, just in time for a dangerous mission. It seems the Cree Indians, raiding across the border in Montana, took two hostages for their safe return to Canada. But MacDonald, with only scout Natayo to help, will need all his diplomacy and then some to extract the captives from the midst of a thousand Cree. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Father of the Four Winds...Chief of the Crees...Give us a sign...Let Thunder-Gun speak louder than the War Lance of Konah..if the Pony Soldier is to live! See more »




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19 December 1952 (USA)  »

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Der rote Reiter  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fans of composer Alex North may recognize some themes in "Pony Soldier" that were later used in "Spartacus" and "Cleopatra". See more »


It is stated in the beginning that Duncan MacDonald speaks Cree, but then his adopted Indian son has a conversation with the captive white woman and they both understand one another! He didn't speak English and she didn't speak Cree. See more »


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A fine western adventure
12 July 2003 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Tyrone Power is the title character in this good western whose mission is to effect the return of the Cree tribe from the United States back to Canada in the name of the Queen. Of course, the Indians just want to hunt and return to their old way of life and to lift a few scalps along the way. Power is aided by a trail-savvy, talkative half-breed scout who provides droll comic relief along the way. The film has more dialogue than action, although white hostages held by the Indians lead to some tense moments for the Mountie. The officer's peace efforts are threatened by a band of hostile Indians, with most of the skirmishes coming at the end of the picture. The movie has a great cast of western character actors and the camera work is also very good.

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