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Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 8 December 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, in the Great Lakes region the British troops have driven the French out and with help from the mercenary Hessian troops the British plan to annihilate the native tribes of the Ottawas.


Felix E. Feist


Jack DeWitt

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Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Lt. Kent McIntire
Helen Westcott ... Winifred Lancaster
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Chief Pontiac (as Lon Chaney)
Berry Kroeger ... Col. von Weber
Roy Roberts ... Maj. Gladwin
Larry Chance ... Hawkbill
Katherine Warren ... Chia (as Katharine Warren)
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... Gen. Sir Jeffrey Amherst (as Ramsey Hill)
Guy Teague ... Von Weber's Aide
James Fairfax James Fairfax ... Guardhouse Sentry
Abner George Abner George ... Doctor


In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The fighting story of the great Pontiac. See more »


Drama | History | War | Western


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Release Date:

8 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los que saben morir See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Indians are played by members of a Sioux tribe from a reservation near Rapid City, SD, where this was filmed. The British and Hessian troops were played by U.S. Air Force personnel from a local airbase. See more »


Many of the Indians are shown wearing the kind of long, flowing, feathered headdress of the type seen on Plains Indians--Sioux, Arapaho, Cheyenne--in the late 1800s. This film is set in a different era (1700s) and different area (the Midwest in the area of where Detroit, MI, is now) and Indians of those tribes and in that era did not wear those kinds of headdresses. See more »

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Historical tale of courage and treachery in colonial America
8 October 1998 | by buxSee all my reviews

A surprisingly accurate, low budget, historical drama. The story of a white scout(Barker)attempting to broker a peace agreement between English Colonials and Chief Pontiac and his Ottawa tribe. Kroeger is loathsome as German Hesian mercenary, and Chaney brings his best to the role of Pontiac. The "gifts" of small-pox infected blankets to the Indians is a reminder of the brutality of the times. A good cast performs well, and of course Barker, a former Tarzan, finds several chances to bare his chest! While this one was made on a small budget by the Jack Broder Company,it has held up well over the years. This is a hard one to find on video or TV but well worth watching.

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