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War Paint (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, War, Western | 28 August 1953 (USA)
An Indian and his beautiful sister attempt to destroy a cavalry patrol trying to deliver a peace treaty to their chief.


Lesley Selander


Richard Alan Simmons (screenplay), Martin Berkeley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Robert Stack ... Lt. Billings
Joan Taylor ... Wanima
Charles McGraw ... Sgt. Clarke
Keith Larsen ... Taslik
Peter Graves ... Trooper Tolson
Robert J. Wilke ... Trooper Grady (as Robert Wilke)
Walter Reed ... Trooper Allison
John Doucette ... Trooper Charnofsky
Douglas Kennedy ... Trooper Clancy
Charles Nolte ... Cpl. Hamilton
James Parnell James Parnell ... Trooper Martin
Paul Richards ... Trooper Perkins
William Pullen William Pullen ... Jeb
Richard H. Cutting ... Commissioner Kirby (as Richard Cutting)


Lieut. Billings and his army patrol are ordered to deliver a new peace treaty to the Indian Commissioner, who is missing. They have nine days to get the treaty to Chief Gray Cloud or there will be war. Chief's son Taslik offers to guide them. But as their water runs low and conflicts escalate, they can't help wondering why Taslik is wearing war paint. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Outdoor adventure that thunders across the screen!


Adventure | War | Western


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Robert Stack and Peter Graves would later star in Airplane! (1980), both playing on their own images. See more »


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by Johnny Lehmann and Emil Newman
Sung by cast and chorus
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Meandering western but a great cast and beautiful Death Valley
8 July 2005 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This western has great natural beauty but more talk than action in a film that should have been better than it was. The plot is simply that of a cavalry patrol that has a few days to deliver a peace treaty to a chief and prevent the Indians from going on the warpath. Robert Stack is the big cast name here and he is in complete "Eliot Ness" mode as a no-nonsense lieutenant who drives his men hard in the name of honor and duty. The patrol is guided by the chief's son who has a completely different agenda. The supporting cast is terrific, with names like Charles McGraw, Douglas Kennedy, Peter Graves, Robert Wilke and John Doucette along to carry out their mission. The picture is not a cavalry-Indian western as the title implies but instead focuses on the travails and frustrations of the troopers, not the least of which is thirst, as they make their way to the Indian village. The movie is worth watching for the old-time character actors and the striking beauty of Death Valley.

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28 August 1953 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Pathé color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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