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The Indian Fighter

A revisionist western before the term was struck, this 1955 film by Andre de Toth begins with a Sioux chief warning that gold prospectors will pollute streams and cause other ecological ruin. Kirk Douglas plays a scout with similar views, but his plan to rendezvous with an Indian girl (Elsa Martinelli) causes him to lead the wagon train he's escorting into a shoot-out. The film's multiple betrayals are typical of de Toth, and his 'Scope imagery, which minimizes close-ups in favor of relatively dark long shots with faces obscured, favors fate over individual will. Franz Waxman wrote the score; with Walter Matthau, Lon Chaney Jr., Elisha Cook Jr., and Alan Hale Jr. 88 min.

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