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The White Squaw (1956)
Topic Started: Mar 3 2017, 06:42 AM (178 Views)
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The White Squaw (1956) Dir. Ray Nazarro
A Columbia Picture
73 min. / B&W / 1.85:1
On DVD from Sony/Columbia Choice Collection

A ruthless landowner is tryin' to keep the Indians from settling on their reservation by poisoning their water but his plot is complicated (as is the film's) because the adopted daughter of the chief is actually a white woman raised by the tribe, and her dad is secretly one of the rich townsfolk, and he's been helpin' the Indians. When he's killed, she loses her inheritance and turns to a helpful cattleman for assistance.

Nice little movie with a more adult plot than a lot of B-westerns, plenty of action and a truly despicable villain played by David Brian, who's s'posed to be Swedish but speaks with no accent any of us have ever heard before. In best Bonanza tradition, he's got a houseful of helpful, hot-headed sons (led by Myron Healey). May Wynn is a rather stiff Etay-O-Wahnee; Chief Yellow Elk(!) is naturally Frank DeKova, who during his lifetime was seen as an Indian more often than the guy on the nickel. You'll enjoy Grant Williams as the aging sheriff and William Bishop as the would-be helpful cattleman who can't win a fist fight.

Million-dollar Dialog:

Ruthless landowner to Washington's local Agent for Indian Affairs: "Tell the government to send a new man down here. We're going to need him. THIS one is talking himself into a long pine box!"

Frequent Columbia funnymen Wally Vernon and Emil Sitka show up for comic bits, and the movie has enough action to please any western fan. Very nice widescreen DVD from the Sony MOD program, too. A fun movie.
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