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The Vanishing American (1955)

A white woman who inherits land in New Mexico makes an alliance with the local Navajos against greedy land grabbers and crooked white traders.

Director:

Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)

Writers:

Alan Le May (screenplay) (as Alan LeMay), Zane Grey (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Brady ... Blandy
Audrey Totter ... Marion Warner
Forrest Tucker ... Morgan
Gene Lockhart ... Blucher
Jim Davis ... Glendon
John Dierkes ... Freil
Gloria Castillo ... Yashi
Julian Rivero ... Etenia
Lee Van Cleef ... Jay Lord
George Keymas ... Coshanta
Charles Stevens ... Quah-Tan
Jay Silverheels ... Beeteia
James Millican ... Walker
Glenn Strange ... Beleanth
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Storyline

Marion Warner inherits a piece of land in the New Mexico desert and arrives to determine her best course of action with the property. She is initially determined to have the Navaho Indians who are living on the land run off, but encounters stiff resistance from local high-roller Morgan and his toady Blucher. Marion meets Morgan's enemy, Blandy, a Navaho with an education and a sophisticated outlook. Blandy helps Marion see how the Indians have been exploited and pitted against one another by venal white traders like Morgan. Together they plot to overcome Morgan's plans. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Based on the novel by Zane Grey.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La sangre manda See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Charles Stevens, who plays the Apache henchman Quah-Tan in this film, played Shoie in the original 1925 silent version. See more »

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Version of The Vanishing American (1925) See more »

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A spirited woman comes to the defense of exploited native -americans
31 December 2006 | by RNuskey1See all my reviews

Marion Warner (Audrey Totter) inherits property in Navaho country controlled by ruthless Indian agent Morgan (Forrest Tucker) and his henchman Glendon (Jim Davis). Because the property is a source of water in this arid country, Morgan covets it. He also covets a young Indian girl whom he has imprisoned at the agency. When Marion uses her skill with a six-shooter to help the girl escape, Morgan plots to kill her as well as swindle her out of her property.

Meeting up with the rebellious Navaho Blandy (Scott Brady). Marion is drawn to him both as an ally and as a man. Together they attempt to save the Navauo, Zane Gray's Vanishing Americans. Along with her role as Adrienne Fromett in the film adaptation of Raymond Chandler's "The Lady in the Lake", this is one of Miss Totter:s best performances and gives this offbeat western it's zest.


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