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White Feather (1955)

Approved | | History, Western | 16 February 1955 (USA)
In 1877 Wyoming, during the peace negotiations between the Cheyenne and the USA, an Indian girl falls in-love with a land surveyor, causing the ire of her Cheyenne fiance.

Director:

Robert D. Webb (as Robert Webb)

Writers:

Delmer Daves (screenplay), Leo Townsend (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Wagner ... Josh Tanner
John Lund ... Col. Lindsay
Debra Paget ... Appearing Day
Jeffrey Hunter ... Little Dog
Eduard Franz ... Chief Broken Hand
Noah Beery Jr. ... Lt. Ferguson (as Noah Beery)
Virginia Leith ... Ann Magruder
Emile Meyer ... Magruder
Hugh O'Brian ... American Horse
Milburn Stone ... Commissioner Trenton
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Storyline

The story of the peace mission from the US cavalry to the Cheyenne Indians in Wyoming during the 1870s. The mission is threatened when a civilian surveyor befriends the chief's son and falls for the chief's daughter. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Beyond Any Indian Adventure Ever Filmed!

Genres:

History | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Challenge See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,125,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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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

To "show the white feather" is considered, in many places, to show cowardice. In others, it is a sign of high respect and, in still others, it serves the same purpose as a white flag of truce. See more »

Goofs

When Appearing Day shows Josh Tanner how the Cheyenne were practicing for war, a camera shot shows several horses entering the fray. You can see that at least one of the horses has metal horseshoes, which would not have been the case in those days. See more »

Quotes

Magruder: Get that squaw out of here!
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Connections

Referenced in Chappaqua (1966) See more »

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one of the all time great westerns.
17 June 2007 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

I used to see most westerns in the fifties, but for some reason I was unable to see "White Feather". I kept reading reviews about it, though, and basically all of them said the film was good, nothing great, but good. I thought it would be a type of "Broken Arrow" with some variations, so did not go out of my way to see it. Finally I saw it and was enthusiastic about it. No film has shown the agony of Indians which have to move from their land in such a sensitive way. Jeffrey Hunter was a great actor and he proves it in his magnificent performance of Little Dog. The romance between Robert Wagner and Debra Paget makes most of the other films that show the same, pale. But the greatness of the film comes with the last part where Cinemascope has never been better used to show at the same time the army and the Indians and the unexpected final developments. This film did not have James Stewart as an actor, but Robert Wagner did just as well, neither was Anthony Mann or Delmer Daves (who co-wrote the script) the director, but Robert D. Webb did a great job. Don't miss this film, it is one of the all time great westerns.


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