The Indian Fighter (1955)

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A scout leading a wagon train through hostile Indian country unwittingly gets involved with a Sioux chief's daughter.


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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Hawks
Wes Todd
Susan Rogers
Captain Trask
Chivington (as Lon Chaney)
Will Crabtree (as Alan Hale)
Briggs (as Elisha Cook)
Trader Joe
Michael Winkelman ...
William Phipps ...
Lt. Blake
Harry Landers ...
Grey Wolf / Captain Trask Attaché
Crazy Bear / Guardhouse Keeper


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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The Indian Fighter and the Girl...a love as fierce as a fire arrow! See more »




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Release Date:

2 March 1956 (Belgium)  »

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Indian Fighter  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The flaming arrow special effects were created by Ted V. Mikels, who appeared as both an Indian and a soldier. See more »


In the beginning of the film, after Red Cloud shows to Johnny Hawks two men hung by the feet, Hawks stands talking to Red Cloud and Grey Wolf. Then his hands appears either grabbing the holster or by his sides, alternately, when it cuts from one shot to another. See more »


Grey Wolf: There can be no friendship between Red Man and White. The fight is to the end. Ride back to your people. There is no room for you here.
Johnny Hawks: You've grown a big mouth since I saw you last, Grey Wolf, but I didn't come here to talk to a big mouth. I've come to talk to a big man.
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Referenced in Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

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Kirk Douglas rules the west

The Indian Fighter (1955) is a nearly forgotten western gem about the former Indian fighter Johnny Hawks (Kirk Douglas).A war breaks out between the Indians and the whites when some of them are too interested in their gold.Walter Matthau (Wes Todd) and Lon Chaney Jr. (Chivington) are two of such people.Also Hawks' interest in the Sioux Chief's daughter Onahti (Elsa Martinelli) causes some trouble.André De Toth is the director of this western movie.Kirk Douglas has some credibility in the lead.He was just the right man to play these tough guy roles and still would be if he decided to do new movies.His ex-wife Diana Douglas plays a tough woman called Susan Rogers.Walter Matthau could be the funny man and in this movie he makes a fine crook.Lon Chaney Jr. makes a perfect accomplice to Walter.I enjoyed watching this western.It entertained me from the beginning till the end.Isn't that what a good western should do?

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