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Pawnee (1957)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  7 September 1957 (USA)
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Pale Arrow is a white man raised since a boy by the Pawnee Chief. With wagon trains now encroaching on Pawnee land, the Chief sends Pale Arrow to be with the white people. Now known as Paul... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Paul 'Pale Arrow' Fletcher
Bill Williams ...
Matt Delaney
Lola Albright ...
Meg Alden
Francis McDonald ...
Uncle Tip Alden (as Francis J. McDonald)
Robert Griffin ...
Doc Morgan (as Robert E. Griffin)
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John Brewster
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Mrs. Carter
Charlotte Austin ...
Dancing Fawn
Ralph Moody ...
Chief Wise Eagle
Anne Barton ...
Martha Brewster (as Ann Barton)
Raymond Hatton ...
Obie Dilks
Charles Horvath ...
Crazy Fox
Robert Nash ...
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Pale Arrow is a white man raised since a boy by the Pawnee Chief. With wagon trains now encroaching on Pawnee land, the Chief sends Pale Arrow to be with the white people. Now known as Paul Fletcher, he takes the job of wagon train scout. The Chief wants peace but when he dies, Crazy Fox takes over and now leads the Pawnees in an attack against that wagon train. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Die Attacke am Rio Morte  »

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Insulted or flattered
3 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After watching this film I thought back to 1957 when this film first came out and I wonder if anyone noticed that Pawnee was a remake of The Ten Commandments set in the old west. I guess that Paramount thought that Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures which was on its uppers at that time had nothing worth suing over.

George Montgomery plays a man who was raised by the Pawnee after his white parents were killed. At least that explained those baby blue eyes that Burt Lancaster in Apache and Chuck Connors in Geronimo couldn't explain. He's the adopted son of Chief Ralph Moody, favored so much so that blood kin Charles Horvath is jealous. Montgomery is even moving in on Charlotte Austin the Indian maid set to marry the chief to be.

It's Moody's wish that Montgomery go among his own race and see how they live and how the Pawnee can adapt in their world. Which he does by taking a job as wagon train scout for a wagon train headed by Bill Williams. And then Montgomery catches the eye of his girl Lola Albright.

I think you can see the similarities and the final climax between the Pawnees, settlers, and cavalry is the parting of the Red Sea and it all ends romantically as it did for Moses.

Pawnee is a below par western that has me wondering if Cecil B. DeMille was insulted or flattered.


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