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The Indian Fighter

  • Drama
  • 1955
  • Andre De Toth
  • 84 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Johnny HawksKirk Douglas
OnahtiElsa Martinelli
Captain TraskWalter Abel
Wes ToddWalter Matthau
Susan RogersDiana Douglas
ChivingtonLon Chaney Jr
Red CloudEduard Franz
Will CrabtreeAlan Hale Jr
BriggsElisha Cook Jr

Crew

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DirectorAndre De Toth

Details

Theatrical distributor
United Artists Corp. Ltd
Language
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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