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Chief Crazy Horse (1955)

Approved | | Biography , Western | April 1955 (USA)
This biography of the famous Lakota Sioux war chief is told entirely from the Indian viewpoint.

Director:

George Sherman

Writers:

Franklin Coen (screenplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Crazy Horse
Suzan Ball ... Black Shawl
John Lund ... Maj. Twist
Ray Danton ... Little Big Man
Keith Larsen ... Flying Hawk
Paul Guilfoyle ... Worm
David Janssen ... Lt. Colin Cartwright
Robert Warwick ... Spotted Tail
James Millican ... Gen. Crook
Morris Ankrum ... Red Cloud
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Aaron Cartwright
Robert F. Simon ... Jeff Mantz
James Westerfield ... Caleb Mantz
Stuart Randall ... Old Man Afraid
Pat Hogan ... Dull Knife
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Storyline

When young Crazy Horse, of whom great things were predicted, wins his bride, rival Little Big Man goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. Of course, a new gold rush starts despite all treaties, and Crazy Horse becomes military leader of his people. Initial Indian victories lead to the inevitable result. Uniquely, all is told from the Indian perspective. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He Hurled The Lance That Smashed Custer That Historic Day At Little Big Horn! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Speer der Rache See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1955
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Suzan Ball. See more »

Goofs

In some scenes General Crook has three stars in each shoulder strap, indicating the rank of lieutenant general, when he was only a brigadier general in 1876-1877. Possibly Crook's Sioux nickname of "three stars" - influenced the costume designer. See more »

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Gen. Crook: Why hunt buffalo? We're giving your people what they need.
Chief Crazy Horse: But with my people, the buffalo hunt isn't the same as that with white. We don't hang the buffalo's head on a pole in the lodge and boast of our hunting skill. By eating his flesh, our flesh becomes strong. His skin makes our clothing, his bones our arrows, his hair makes the ropes for our horses. Even the covering on our feet comes from him. The buffalo is truly our friend... sent to give us life. Take this hunt from us and we are no ...
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Crazy Horse 1840-1877
3 May 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Victor Mature playing Chief Crazy Horse gives one of his best performances from the Fifties. Although an Italian/Swiss would never be cast as a Lakota Sioux today, American Indians have no reason to criticize or be concerned with what Mature did with the role of one of their greatest heroes.

Curiously enough the Battle Of The Little Big Horn is given a short shrift by the film. Which in a way is good because Crazy Horse had been plaguing the white man for well over a decade when he emerged as a warrior chief of the Lakota with as much natural military ability as Cochise of the Apaches to the south. The action of the film is over a ten year period in terms of when Mature takes the role of the adult Crazy Horse.

The film is told from the point of view of John Lund who plays a white trader who was ambushed by the Sioux's rivals the Shoshone and is taken in and cared for by the Lakota. When Mature is courting Suzan Ball, Lund does him a solid and he's then got the Lakota welcome mat out for him.

Chief Crazy Horse was the farewell performance of Suzan Ball who was Lucille's cousin, also from Jamestown, New York died much too young after this film was completed. She had a bright promise and real beauty to give the big screen and small.

There are some fictional subplots working, but in the main the film is a true account. A really good western about a true warrior.


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