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The Indian Fighter (1955)

Not Rated | | Western | 2 March 1956 (Belgium)
A scout leading a wagon train through hostile Indian country unwittingly gets involved with a Sioux chief's daughter.

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(as Andre de Toth)

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(story) (as Ben Kadish), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Johnny Hawks
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Onahti
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Wes Todd
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Susan Rogers
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Captain Trask
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Chivington (as Lon Chaney)
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Will Crabtree (as Alan Hale)
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Briggs (as Elisha Cook)
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Morgan
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Trader Joe
Michael Winkelman ...
William Phipps ...
Lt. Blake
Harry Landers ...
Grey Wolf / Captain Trask Attaché
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Crazy Bear / Guardhouse Keeper
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Storyline

Johnny Hawks, a former Indian fighter, returns to the West after the Civil War. He reacquaints himself with the Indian band led by Red Cloud. Red Cloud's beautiful daughter has now grown into womanhood... Unscrupulous whisky traders are after the gold on Indian land. Hawks averts serious bloodshed by convincing Red Cloud to make a treaty... Hawks leads an Oregon-bound wagon train through Indian territory. When he slips away to see the chief's daughter, trouble between braves and whisky traders flares up anew, putting the wagon train and the nearby fort in peril... Written by David Woodfield

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Only one man has the power to stop a war. See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

2 March 1956 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

Indian Fighter  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The casting of Onahti (the Indian girl) turned out to be much more difficult than first anticipated. Though there were a number of unsuccessful auditions, it wasn't until Kirk Douglas' wife Anne Douglas spotted a model in "Vogue" magazine that the production knew they had their leading lady. Her name was Elsa Martinelli, an Italian model on the verge of becoming an international star. Douglas, in his autobiography "The Ragman's Son", describes how he and Matinelli had constant sex during the filming of the movie. So much for gratitude. See more »

Goofs

Right before the Indians tie Todd to the tree with the intention of burning him, he's having a conversation with Johnny. During this conversation, Johnny's left arm repeatedly changes positions, from being stretched out against the tree, to holding his hat in front of him and back to stretched out against the tree. See more »

Quotes

[In order to rescue Wes, Johnny must defeat Gray Wolf to a fight to the death]
Wes Todd: What does that mean?
Johnny Hawks: I gotta fight him for your hide.
Wes Todd: What happens if you lose?
Johnny Hawks: Well, my troubles will be over... yours will just begin.
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Referenced in Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958) See more »

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A simple-minded Western with touches of philosophy and not much drive...

Filmed in Oregon, Andre De Toth's film is a frontier adventure tale of the Great Sioux Nation whose heritage and culture run through the silver screen like a strong steady stream...

The motion picture touches up new ground by giving Indians a little sex appeal... Douglas, as a vigorous frontier scout, tries to attract the Indian maiden Onahti, played by the attractive brunette Elsa Martinelli... The Italian actress is seen bathing in the fresh waters of a river and later captured nude in a transparent voluminous stream...

"The Indian Fighter" concerns the efforts of a wagon train heading for Oregon in 1870... The train stops at a small frontier fort when the Sioux forbid them to pass through their territory... A seasoned scout and Indian expert, Johnny Hawks (Douglas), is assigned by the army to aid them...

Hawks rapidly goes to the camp of the dignified Chief Red Cloud (Eduard Franz) who explains that the trouble was started by white whiskey traders, trying to rob the Indians of their gold...

Hawks promises to settle th situation and the Chief agrees to appear at the fort to sign a peace treaty... However, his aggressive brother Grey Wolf (Harry Landers) repudiates peace talk because he despises all white men as dishonorable...

Douglas' portrait of Hawks is suitably vigorous and possibly comes close to depicting the actual character of such a man - Hawks is a jealous self-confident man who considers the West as his milieu... He declines to open up the West for civilization... He considers the West as 'a beautiful woman' and refuses to share her with anybody... He is a brave warrior who fights Sioux-style, and a shooter who never miss a snake... He respects the Indians as vanquished valiant enemies who deserve to be treated as human beings...


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