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

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Western

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2 March 1956 (Belgium)  »

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Indian Fighter  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Elsa Martinelli, who played the Indian girl, never would have gotten the part if Kirk Douglas's wife, Anne, hadn't discovered her on the pages of Vogue Magazine and recommended her for the part. Kirk Douglas, in his autobiography, "The Ragman's Son", describes how he and Elsa had constant sex during the filming of the movie. So much for gratitude. See more »

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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

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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If i don't? My troubles are over, yours will only just be starting.
3 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We are at the end of the US civil war, Johnny Hawks, a renowned Indian fighter, is at peace with the Sioux and wants to rebuild his life, even romance with the chiefs daughter is in the offering. But as the peace between the US and the Indians is being brokered, two greed driven Whiskey traders usurp everything due to their greed for Indian gold up in the hills. So just as Hawks leads a wagon train through Sioux territory on the way to Oregon, war has again been declared, with Hawks coming under suspicion of favouring the Indians.

Directed by André De Toth and starring Kirk Douglas {Hawks}, Walter Matthau, Lon Chaney Jr, Elisha Cook Jr and the outrageously beautiful Elsa Martinelli, The Indian Fighter, if I may be so bold? Is vastly undervalued on certain internet sites! Just about breaking the mold of its B movie feel, it's a piece that with a little bit of intelligence from the casting department, could have been a far better picture. The American cast do fine, but in amongst this splendidly shot picture (and it is), we have to suffer none Indian actors playing excellently written Sioux Indian characters. It's such a shame because here it's a delight to see the Sioux portrayed as a complex and resourceful race, not just in dialogue exchanges, but in a quite exhilarating attack on a US Fort, the use of horses for a disguise operation, and the method of attack {hello, it's a wooden Fort} shows them to have a bit more about them than the cannon fodder they were often portrayed as in many lower grade Westerns.

It's still one fine entertaining film tho!

Kirk Douglas leads the way with a typically ebullient genre show that he was especially good at, a different kind of hero is given just about the right amount of credibility from Douglas, who is in turn backed up by Chaney and Matthau who appear to be revelling in playing slimy characters. André De Toth is a director who has a couple of bona fide classics on his CV, not a name that is mentioned often, but his construction of a story and his excellent staging of the action on offer here, ensures that I personally will be seeking out more of his efforts. Last but by no means least, one has to mention the delightful work from cinematographer Wilfred M. Cline, who gleams the best from the Bend, Oregon location shoot, to round out The Indian Fighter as one hugely enjoyable genre piece. 7/10


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