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War Paint (1953)

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An Indian and his beautiful sister attempt to destroy a cavalry patrol trying to deliver a peace treaty to their chief.

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Lt. Billings
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Wanima
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Sgt. Clarke
Keith Larsen ...
Taslik
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Trooper Tolson
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Trooper Grady (as Robert Wilke)
Walter Reed ...
Trooper Allison
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Trooper Charnofsky
Douglas Kennedy ...
Trooper Clancy
Charles Nolte ...
Cpl. Hamilton
James Parnell ...
Trooper Martin
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Trooper Perkins
William Pullen ...
Jeb
Richard H. Cutting ...
Commissioner Kirby (as Richard Cutting)
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Lieut. Billings and his army patrol are ordered to deliver a new peace treaty to the Indian Commissioner, who is missing. They have nine days to get the treaty to Chief Gray Cloud or there will be war. Chief's son Taslik offers to guide them. But as their water runs low and conflicts escalate, they can't help wondering why Taslik is wearing war paint. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Outdoor adventure that thunders across the screen!

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Adventure | War | Western

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28 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Im Tal des Verderbens  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Pathécolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Elaine, My Sweet Elaine
Music by Emil Newman
Lyrics by Johnny Lehmann
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Pinnacle of the genre
3 June 1999 | by (Denver, Colorado, USA) – See all my reviews

An unjustly-overlooked masterpiece. The almost-unrecognizably young Robert Stack plays the hardened CO of a company entrusted with delivering a treaty. If the chief for whom it is intended does not receive it within the week, he will declare war. Of course, complications ensue...Many of the characters and plot points seem cliched, but only because the film shows its age. Look past the vestiges of '50s moviemaking--blue-eyed squaws, etc.--for strikingly modern subject matter: divorce and Native American rage at continued injustices in particular. Tremendously taut and exciting, to boot. See this movie!


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