The Indian Fighter

The Indian Fighter

Director: André De Toth Cast: Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Walter Abel


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The Indian Fighter is trail guide Kirk Douglas, who agrees to shepherd a wagon train through Sioux territory. Douglas tries to convince the Sioux to leave his charges alone, but such hotheads as drunken white trader Walter Matthau and embittered Indian brave Harry Landers escalate the tensions. Douglas is forced to go "mano y mano" with Landers; Douglas wins, but refuses to kill Landers, having lost his taste for killing. But when Matthau and his partner Lon Chaney Jr. contrive to rob the Indians of their gold, Sioux chief Eduard Franz prepares to wipe out the settlers. Only when Douglas risks life and limb to bring Matthau and Chaney Jr. to justice does Franz relent. Somehow, Kirk Douglas manages to link up with two leading ladies in The Indian Fighter: his Italian "discovery" Elsa Martinelli and his own ex-wife Diana Douglas (wouldn't you liked to have been a fly on the wall at that casting call?) The first film assembled by Douglas' own Bryna Productions, The Indian Fighter is a particular treat when seen in color; incredibly, its first network telecast in 1962 was in black and white.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2017
UPC: 0738329214661
Original Release: 1955
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 35,303

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Toby Roan; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Johnny Hawks
Elsa Martinelli Onahti
Walter Abel Capt. Trask
Walter Matthau Wes Todd
Diana Douglas Susan Rogers
Eduard Franz Red Cloud
Lon Chaney Chivington
Alan Hale Will Crabtree
Elisha Cook Briggs
Michael Winkelman Tommy Rogers
Harry Landers Grey Wolf
William Phipps Lt. Blake
Buzz Henry Lt. Shaeffer
Ray Teal Morgan
Frank Cady Trader Joe
Hank Worden Crazy Bear
Lane Chandler Head Settler

Technical Credits
André De Toth Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Richard Cahoon Editor
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Frank Davis Screenwriter
Kirk Douglas Producer
Irving Gordon Songwriter
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Ben Kadish Original Story
David Koehler Special Effects
William Schorr Producer
William Schorr Producer
Franz Waxman Score Composer

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