The Indian Fighter

The Indian Fighter

Andre De Toth (1955)

84min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Kirk Douglas stars in this underrated and beautifully made western, which was the first film to be produced by his own company, Bryna. Its classy eroticism is exemplified by the casting of Italian star Elsa Martinelli as Douglas's romantic Indian maid, though Diana Douglas (Kirk's ex-wife and Michael's mum) also appears as a settler with more than a passing interest in the leading man. Douglas himself is in his buckskinned prime, full of virile derring-do and flashing teeth, as he leads an Oregon-bound wagon train through "Injun" territory, helping a fort survive an attack in one particularly well-staged sequence. The duel between Douglas and rebellious Sioux warrior Harry Landers is also finely directed by Andre De Toth, while writers Ben Hecht and Frank Davis show an honest respect for native American culture.

Summary

A scout hired to steer a wagon train through Sioux territory hopes to maintain good relations with local tribespeople. However, the actions of a few foolhardy hotheads in the convoy endanger the fragile peace, and a planned robbery threatens to spark an all-out war. Western, starring Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Elsa Martinelli and Lon Chaney Jr.

Cast & Crew

Johnny Hawks Kirk Douglas
Onahti Elsa Martinelli
Captain Trask Walter Abel
Wes Todd Walter Matthau
Susan Rogers Diana Douglas
Chivington Lon Chaney Jr
Red Cloud Eduard Franz
Will Crabtree Alan Hale Jr
Briggs Elisha Cook Jr
Director Andre De Toth
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama