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Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 8 December 1952 (USA)
During the 1700s, in the Great Lakes region the British troops have driven the French out and with help from the mercenary Hessian troops the British plan to annihilate the native tribes of the Ottawas.

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writer:

Jack DeWitt
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lex Barker ... Lt. Kent McIntire
Helen Westcott ... Winifred Lancaster
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Chief Pontiac (as Lon Chaney)
Berry Kroeger ... Col. von Weber
Roy Roberts ... Maj. Gladwin
Larry Chance ... Hawkbill
Katherine Warren ... Chia (as Katharine Warren)
Ramsay Hill Ramsay Hill ... Gen. Sir Jeffrey Amherst (as Ramsey Hill)
Guy Teague ... Von Weber's Aide
James Fairfax James Fairfax ... Guardhouse Sentry
Abner George Abner George ... Doctor
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Storyline

In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander of a Hessian mercenary unit who embarks on a campaign of extermination against the Indians. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Brutal savage fury ! See more »

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Drama | History | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los que saben morir See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Indians are played by members of a Sioux tribe from a reservation near Rapid City, SD, where this was filmed. The British and Hessian troops were played by U.S. Air Force personnel from a local airbase. See more »

Goofs

Many of the Indians are shown wearing the kind of long, flowing, feathered headdress of the type seen on Plains Indians--Sioux, Arapaho, Cheyenne--in the late 1800s. This film is set in a different era (1700s) and different area (the Midwest in the area of where Detroit, MI, is now) and Indians of those tribes and in that era did not wear those kinds of headdresses. See more »

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Lon Chaney in a rare starring role
9 April 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1952's "Battles of Chief Pontiac" was a low budget Western from Realart, a redistribution outfit that produced several titles of their own, but are best remembered for keeping Universal Horror in cinemas right up to the 1957 TV debut of Shock Theater. This was their third and last from Lon Chaney, following successful turns in "Bride of the Gorilla" and "The Bushwhackers," here playing the title role of Chief Pontiac, third billed behind Lex Barker and Helen Westcott. Still the current Tarzan, the well cast Barker seeks peace between the Indians and the colonists in pre-Revolutionary War America, filmed on location in Rapid City, South Dakota. Usually cast as Western villains or thug henchmen, Chaney retains great dignity and compassion in this rare change of pace, which may have played a part in his later series HAWKEYE AND THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, where he portrayed Chingachgook. Those familiar with "Of Mice and Men" or even "The Wolf Man" remember how Chaney could excel in sympathetic roles, and here he delivers the goods, though slightly, and understandably, overshadowed by Barker's heroics. Berry Kroeger's evil Hessian Von Weber deserves special mention, and his shocking fate in the fitting hands of Chief Pontiac is punishment well deserved.


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