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War Paint (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, War, Western | 28 August 1953 (USA)
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)
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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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28 August 1953 (USA)  »

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Im Tal des Verderbens  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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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Discipline breaks down
23 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

War Paint casts Robert Stack as a cavalry lieutenant with a mission to deliver a peace treaty, presumably a draft to the Indians. With Sergeant Charles McGraw, Stack leads a patrol to deliver said peace treaty. The chief's son Keith Larsen is to guide them through the rough desert country, but Larsen and his sister Joan Taylor have their own mission. They actually don't believe the white man's peace treaty, there's such an incredible track record on the subject and they're going to sabotage the mission.

Such stalwart characters actors as John Doucette, Robert J. Wilke, Peter Graves, Douglas Kennedy, and Paul Richards make up some of the patrol. When the water is sabotaged and the discipline breaks down the cast starts dying off for one reason or another.

I do have to say though why no one thought better of the fact that Keith Larsen was in War Paint as he started the mission I'm a bit perplexed at the writers for that.

War Paint gets pretty ugly at times as the men go off their nuts for lack of water and an abundance of heat. It's a gritty no frill western with great cinematography from Death Valley. It could have been a whole lot better though.


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