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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.


George Sherman


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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Crazy Horse
Suzan Ball ... Little Fawn aka Black Shawl
John Lund ... MajorTwist
Ray Danton ... Little Big Man
Keith Larsen ... Flying Hawk
Paul Guilfoyle ... Worm
David Janssen ... Lt. Colin Cartwright
Robert Warwick ... Spotted Tail
James Millican ... General 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


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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GREAT SAGA OF THE FIGHTING SIOUX... (original ad - all caps) See more »


Biography | Western


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Final film of Suzan Ball, whose right leg had been amputated five months before filming began in June 1954, and was now moving with the aid of an artificial limb. She died a few months after the film was released, age 21. Any scenes requiring more than taking a few careful steps, were accomplished by the use of a double, photographed from the rear. See more »


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 »


Chief Crazy Horse: My father looks at his son with eyes blinded by the lodge smoke.
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Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Ok story with the classic Hollywood 1950s western mistakes
8 December 2019 | by gordonb-59587See all my reviews

I really like western movies but always wonder why directors don't try to be a little more realistic. I was very much surprised that some Indians had bright purple and day-glow feathers in their headwear. Now that seemed a little unnatural. And then there was the guy who got shot in the back with an arrow. Fortunately, for him, he had a big block of wood under his shirt. Unfortunately, it showed up really well in the film. Another interesting item is that when a group of riders are galloping along somewhere in the West and the lead rider decides to stop, he holds his right hand up in the air. This is to signal the riders behind him to stop too. Apparently without doing this hand gesture, all the riders would crash into him. And in classic 1950s cowboy Hollywood fashion, getting hit by one bullet will kill you, and often causes no bleeding. Of course there's the always popular one shot that takes down two or three riders. I could go on but you get the idea. If film makers would just try a little harder, their movies would be easier to enjoy and more difficult to pick apart. I'm not even mentioning the obvious since all the other reviewers have: all the lead rolls were played by white actors, not native Americans, ie Indians.

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April 1955 (USA) See more »

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Der Speer der Rache See more »


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4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)


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2.55 : 1
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