Geronimo Jones (1970)

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A young Indian inherits a tribal artifact from his grandfather and decides whether to keep it or trade it for a new TV.



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Credited cast:
Martin Soto ...
Geronimo Jones
Chief Geronimo Kuth Le ...
Mel Todd ...
Gil Escandon ...
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Adele Bustamante ...


A young Indian inherits a tribal artifact from his grandfather and decides whether to keep it or trade it for a new TV.

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Back in the good old days!
5 February 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This was made when the movie theaters would show a "short subject" before the feature. In this age of multiplexes, trailers have taken over the time before the feature presentation. Also, films were normally 100 minutes long when this short was made so there was time aplenty before the main event for films like these auditioning the talents of film makers, new and old alike.

Anyhow Geronimo Jones has to decide whether or not to buy his grandfather a TV with this piece of jewelery he has. I will not tell you what he does but they watch a Cowboy and Indian movie after he makes his decision.

I was working as an usher in 1971 waiting to get drafted (didn't happen) when I saw this. I believe it preceded a terrible Elizabeth Taylor film ("X, Y, and Z!" Note: Bletch!) or "Play Misty for Me!" with Clint Eastwood. We had TWO screens and that was HUGE in the early 1970's.(They would split the big Cinema Scope Theater in half a year later to make three and that was a dreadful place to see a film after that>)

This short subject was being made around the time the American Indian Movement was just beginning to start after they published "Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee!" and when they made "Little Big Man!" It is a simple film with a simple story filmed in grainy 16mm and projected on a Cinema Scope screen.

A good one I think.

PS: It also reminds me of the time a height challenged customer asked me when the film would start. I said the short subject would begin in five minutes. Off to jail with me!

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