The Light in the Forest ()

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A young white man who spent his whole life raised by Native Americans is sent to live with his birth family and must learn to fit in with people he was taught to hate.


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Del Hardy
Wilse Owens
Milly Elder
Johnny Butler / True Son
Myra Butler
John Elder
Chief Cuyloga
Half Arrow
Harry Butler
Niskitoon (as Norman Frederic)
Kate Owens
Stephen Bekassy ...
Col. Henry Bouquet
George Owens
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Capt. Grant (uncredited)
Musician (uncredited)
Tex Brodus ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Regina (uncredited)
Cuyloga's Counsellor (uncredited)
Robert Cole ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Hannah Moore (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Dorothy Hack ...
Indian Girl (uncredited)
Fiddler (uncredited)
Settler (uncredited)
Party Guest (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ...
Settler (uncredited)
Trader (uncredited)
Fiddler (uncredited)
Little Crane (uncredited)
Jack Lorenz ...
Guard (uncredited)
Noralee Norman ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Bernie Sellman ...
Paddler (uncredited)
Lucile Sewall ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Settler (uncredited)
Vince St. Cyr ...
Brave (uncredited)
Harriet Sumner ...
Settler (uncredited)
Walter Sumner ...
Guard (uncredited)
Joyce Vanderveen ...
Little Crane's Wife (uncredited)
Don Washbrook ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
Leader (uncredited)

Directed by

Herschel Daugherty

Written by

Conrad Richter ... (novel)
Lawrence Edward Watkin ... (writer)

Produced by

Walt Disney ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Ellsworth Fredericks

Film Editing by

Stanley E. Johnson ... (as Stanley Johnson)

Art Direction by

Carroll Clark

Set Decoration by

Emile Kuri
Fred M. MacLean ... (as Fred MacLean)

Costume Design by

Gertrude Casey
Chuck Keehne

Makeup Department

Pat McNalley ... makeup artist
Ruth Sandifer ... hair stylist
Tom Bartholomew ... makeup crew (uncredited)
Linda Cross ... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Willon Fields ... makeup crew (uncredited)
John G. Holden ... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Lillian Lashin ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Fae M. Smith ... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Stone ... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Hazel R. Thompson ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

John Grubbs ... production manager (uncredited)
Virgil Hart ... unit manager (uncredited)
William F. Sheehan ... assistant production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Robert G. Shannon ... assistant director
Jack Cunningham ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw ... second unit director (uncredited)
Cliff Reid Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)
William F. Sheehan ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

Roy Bolton ... property master (uncredited)
Jack Boss ... props (uncredited)
Charles Chrisman ... assistant props (uncredited)
Jack Colconda ... prop master (uncredited)
Abe Siegel ... greensman (uncredited)

Sound Department

Robert O. Cook ... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas ... sound recordist
James Lester Gear ... radio man (uncredited)
Tom Goldrich ... boom operator (uncredited)
Malcolm Rennings ... cable man (uncredited)
Lou Skelton ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Peter Ellenshaw ... matte artist / matte effects


Harvey Parry ... fight stunt double: James MacArthur (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. ... fight stunt double: Wendell Corey (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

John Collins ... electrician (uncredited)
Ren Daw ... grip (uncredited)
Millard Holmes ... electrician (uncredited)
Bruce Hunsaker ... head grip (uncredited)
Knox Kelly ... electrician (uncredited)
Walter Lea ... best boy (uncredited)
Bob McGowan ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Whitman ... assistant camera (uncredited) / camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Ruth Burch ... casting supervisor (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Beau Vanden Ecker ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Elmer Ellsworth ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leonard Harris ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Esther Krebs ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

Evelyn Kennedy ... music editor
Franklyn Marks ... orchestrator

Transportation Department

Captain Thornsberry ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

Iron Eyes Cody ... technical advisor
Jack Pennick ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Carlos Albert ... stand-in (uncredited)
William Angelo ... stand-in (uncredited)
B. Brady ... stand-in (uncredited)
Matt Bruttig ... auditor (uncredited)
Ruth Burch ... talent scout (uncredited)
Tom Collins ... stand-in (uncredited)
Walt Davis ... stand-in (uncredited)
Joe DeAngelo ... stand-in (uncredited)
Ann Gardner ... stand-in (uncredited)
D. Green ... stand-in (uncredited)
V. Hall ... stand-in (uncredited)
Billy Jones ... ramrod (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... stand-in (uncredited)
C. MacAllister ... stand-in (uncredited)
J. McKinney ... stand-in (uncredited)
Russell Meeker ... stand-in (uncredited)
T. Morales ... stand-in (uncredited)
Donna M. Norridge ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Yewas Parker ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Leonard Shannon ... publicist (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... stand-in (uncredited)
R. Terry ... stand-in (uncredited)
A. Vaughn ... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

In 1764, the British come to an agreement with the native Delaware tribes in order to bring peace to the region. The Delaware tribes agree to stop their attacks on the white settlers and to relinquish all their white captives to the British. In return, the British promise to stop white settlers from settling on Delaware lands across the Ohio River and to cease slaughtering the natives. British Army scout Del Hardy, who once lived among the natives, serves as negotiator and translator for the British colonel Henry Bouquet. During the exchange phase, the Delaware tribes surrender their white captives to the British forces. Among the whites returning to civilization is Chief Cuyloga's adopted son, True Son, formerly known as Johnny Butler. With a heavy heart, Chief Cuyloga parts with his son and asks him to obey his white family once Johnny becomes a white man again. Despite his promise to obey his white parents and to integrate again into the white settler society, Johnny Butler has serious problems shedding his Delaware upbringing, mentality and behavior off. But firm guidance from scout Del Hardy and a loving heart from white settler girl Shenandoe seem to slowly win Johnny Butler back to his white origins. Written by nufs68

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Also Known As
  • Lueur dans la forêt (France)
  • Western Perlen 12 - Das Herz eines Indianers (Germany)
  • Das Herz eines Indianers (Germany)
  • Fulgor en la espesura (Spain)
  • Свет в лесу (Soviet Union, Russian title)
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  • 83 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Iron Eyes Cody, who played the role of Blackfish, reportedly acted as technical adviser and designed over 35 costumes for the film with his wife, Bertha "Birdie" Parker. Also, Cody translated the Delaware dialogue and aided the cast in speaking the language. This was an amazing accomplishment considering "Iron Eyes Cody" was born Espera "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. How he managed to translate and teach others to speak a language he couldn't speak is unknown. See more »
Goofs In the dance scene, Milly wore a dress. Short sleeves on women's dresses didn't appear until the 1790s, three decades after this film. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Light in the Forest: Return of the True Son (1961). See more »
Soundtracks Light in the Forest See more »

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