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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lt. Billings
... Wanima
... Sgt. Clarke
... Taslik
... Trooper Tolson
... Trooper Grady (as Robert Wilke)
... Trooper Allison
... Trooper Charnofsky
... Trooper Clancy
Charles Nolte ... Cpl. Hamilton
James Parnell ... Trooper Martin
... Trooper Perkins
William Pullen ... Jeb
... Commissioner Kirby (as Richard Cutting)
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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!

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Im Tal des Verderbens  »

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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
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Pinnacle of the genre
3 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

An unjustly-overlooked masterpiece. The almost-unrecognizably young Robert Stack plays the hardened CO of a company entrusted with delivering a treaty. If the chief for whom it is intended does not receive it within the week, he will declare war. Of course, complications ensue...Many of the characters and plot points seem cliched, but only because the film shows its age. Look past the vestiges of '50s moviemaking--blue-eyed squaws, etc.--for strikingly modern subject matter: divorce and Native American rage at continued injustices in particular. Tremendously taut and exciting, to boot. See this movie!


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