The Indian Fighter – 1955 – English
Film directed in 1955 by André De Toth, and starring Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Elsa Martinelli, Diana Douglas, Walter Abel, Lon Chaney Jr., Elisha Cook Jr., Alan Hale Jr., Eduard Franz, Ray Teal, Frank Cady…
Synopsis: In the year 1870, a caravan trying to reach Oregon had to stop at a small border post, as it was not wise for them to cross Sioux territory. From Fort Laramie they send Johnny Hawks, a man experienced in dealing with the Indians, to act as a go-between.
Review: The Indian Fighter (1955) is a nearly forgotten western gem about the former Indian fighter Johnny Hawks (Kirk Douglas).
A war breaks out between the Indians and the whites when some of them are too interested in their gold. Walter Matthau (Wes Todd) and Lon Chaney Jr. (Chivington) are two of such people. Also Hawks’ interest in the Sioux Chief’s daughter Onahti (Elsa Martinelli) causes some trouble.
André De Toth is the director of this western movie.Kirk Douglas has some credibility in the lead.He was just the right man to play these tough guy roles and still would be if he decided to do new movies.His ex-wife Diana Douglas plays a tough woman called Susan Rogers.Walter Matthau could be the funny man and in this movie he makes a fine crook.Lon Chaney Jr. makes a perfect accomplice to Walter.I enjoyed watching this western.It entertained me from the beginning till the end.Isn’t that what a good western should do?