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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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Good cast, interesting plot and sub-plots, bad script and directing
10 August 2009 | by (Belpre, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This could have been a well-made western. With Robert Stack, Peter Graves, and the line-up of supporting characters including a beautiful 'Indian' woman, the acting really wasn't half bad but someone skimped terribly on script-writing and the action scenes.

The rattlesnake scene was horrible. The snake was clearly either dead or a rubber fake, you could see the string tied around its neck that was slowly jerking it along. That was the most fake rattlesnake I've ever seen in a western. I suppose they couldn't afford a real one.

The scene where they drank at the water hole in the cave was even worse. Supposedly near-dead from thirst, all they did was shake their heads in the water and blow bubbles and make noises. Those that did draw water into their mouths spit it back out into the pool right in front of the others who were 'drinking'.

The fight scenes and deaths were the worst. I won't even go into detail about how poorly scripted and acted they were. There was clearly a skinny male stunt person taking the Indian girl's place when she wrestled the soldier. And the way the combatants who were next in line to be killed would stand up in full view to shoot in order to be shot was laughable.

I liked the overall plot and the cast, Robert Stack was good and the dialog not bad. But the director must have been so convinced that these elements would carry the film that he paid no attention to these details. I can't even rate it a 5 because of these blatant oversights.


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