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The Vanishing American (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 17 November 1955 (USA)
A white woman who inherits land in New Mexico makes an alliance with the local Navajos against greedy land grabbers and crooked white traders.


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(screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), (based on the novel by)


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Marion Warner inherits a piece of land in the New Mexico desert and arrives to determine her best course of action with the property. She is initially determined to have the Navaho Indians who are living on the land run off, but encounters stiff resistance from local high-roller Morgan and his toady Blucher. Marion meets Morgan's enemy, Blandy, a Navaho with an education and a sophisticated outlook. Blandy helps Marion see how the Indians have been exploited and pitted against one another by venal white traders like Morgan. Together they plot to overcome Morgan's plans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Based on the novel by Zane Grey.


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17 November 1955 (USA)  »

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La sangre manda  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Charles Stevens, who plays the Apache henchman Quah-Tan in this film, played Shoie in the original 1925 silent version. See more »


Version of The Vanishing American (1925) See more »

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Budget seems too low for the story, by Zane Grey

The title might make you think of a Flaherty classic but this is a remake of a 1925 film based on a Zane Grey story. The 1925 film had a Darwinian message about survival of the fittest, but this 1955 version is intent on showing the misery, hardship and bravery of the Navajos. Unfortunately the budget seems too low for the story and even having Alan Le May (The Searchers, The Unforgiven, among others) writing the screenplay cannot save the film. The probable use of stock footage makes it confusing. It is interesting to see Navajos instead of the usual (but still present here) Apaches, and Sioux. Good performance of Audrey Totter and one can notice a young Lee Van Cleef. Unusual for the time it was released, was showing Forrest Tucker (Morgan) trying to rape Marion (Audrey Totter) also Morgan's relationship with Yashi (Gloria Castillo).

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