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White Feather

  • Western
  • Drama
  • 1955
  • Robert D Webb
  • 98 mins
  • PG

Summary

A cavalry officer is assigned the task of persuading a Cheyenne tribe to vacate land to make way for hordes of gold prospectors. The chief is willing to move on, but many of his warriors are determined to stay - and a romance between a Cheyenne woman and a surveyor adds to the deadlock. Western, starring John Lund, Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Debra Paget and Hugh O'Brian

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A gauche Robert Wagner here plays a government surveyor trying to persuade the Cheyenne that living on a reservation is their best option, but they find his resolutely 1950s cool bravado as hard to take as we do. This was one of a growing number of westerns of the period that dealt sympathetically with the plight of the native American people, with female lead Debra Paget virtually reprising her role in 1950's similar Broken Arrow. Jeffrey Hunter looks equally uncomfortable as a brave - he and Wagner teamed better in A Kiss before Dying and as the James brothers in The True Story of Jesse James - and cavalryman John Lund acts as though he'd rather be somewhere else. Yet, despite the poor casting, Lucien Ballard's handsome CinemaScope photography gives this film all the dignity it needs.

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Credits

Cast

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Josh TannerRobert Wagner
Colonel LindsayJohn Lund
Appearing DayDebra Paget
Little DogJeffrey Hunter
Chief Broken HandEduard Franz
Lieutenant FergusonNoah Beery Jr
Ann MagruderVirginia Leith
MagruderEmile Meyer
American HorseHugh O'Brian
Commissioner TrentonMilburn Stone

Crew

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DirectorRobert D Webb

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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