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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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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

First feature from Kirk Douglas' then new production company, Bryna, named for his mother 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 Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

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Adventure western
30 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an action packed western with lots of adventure and fun.

More than that, it gives the viewer three great stars-Douglas, Mattheau, and Chaney in a western conflict.

Douglas plays the hero, the Indian Fighter, which is itself ironic, since he really tries to battle for the Indians, whom are depicted much more honorably than the whites in this movie, as they are in most movies of the era, despite popular belief.

Mattheau and Chaney play two bad guys who take advantage of the Indians. Mattheau is the sneaky one who gains the trust of people, and for a while tricks people into caring. Chaney is the dumber thug, who it turns out is not nearly as despicable as Mattheau's character, and at least has some degree of honesty, but he's still a bad guy. Still, the true evil comes from Mattheau's character.

Franz is stoic and brings the necessary sad honor to the chief Indian role. Hale and other great character actors make this an added delight.


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