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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




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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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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Sensitive To Native American History
30 March 2016 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

Lon Chaney Jr plays Chief Pontiac. A real man in history. This film shows the Native American history in the right light - sensitive to them while showing the brutality of "white man". The disagreements, peace talks, diseases, Native American way of life etc.. are all shown in this one film. The story is a good one.

The movie may not be 100% accurate to real history - I know it isn't - but it tries to it in a favorable light and they succeeded in my book.

Chaney is good - I realize that not everyone will agree but he has played Native American roles before and has always given a sincere performance.


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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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