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The Vanishing American (1955)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 17 November 1955 (USA)
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 »

Filming Locations:

Utah, USA

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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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Trivia

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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Interesting Zane Grey adaptation ......
21 May 2006 | by revdrcacSee all my reviews

Zane Grey was a prolific & beloved author of many of the finest western novels ever. Screen adaptations of his works have had a spotty history, but this film is worth a closer look.

Scott Brady, Forrest Tucker and Lee Van Cleef stand out in this interesting western saga. Tucker in particular was under-appreciated during his career. This film helps remind the viewer how good he really could be, when given a classic story and a plumb role.

Along with Riders Of The Purple Sage, this was my favorite Zane Grey story. While a bigger budget would have helped, this film still captures some of the charm of the famed novel. Slightly above-average.


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