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DAVY CROCKETT, INDIAN SCOUT7 July 2011
Dr S. S. Nagi
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This movie was first released in 1950(2011) in B/W, full screen 1.33.1 and runs 71 minutes. The sound and picture quality are very good. The only extra is a very scratchy full screen trailor. The film starts in 1848, when a treaty is made between USA and Mexico to open up the South West to wagon trains. But early native Americans did not know or care about this treaty. So the wagons were attacked even with army escort. Colonel Pollard (JOHN HAMILTON) of the post ordered an investigation. They were looking for a spy in the camp, in the night of the attack. Davy Crockett (GEORGE MONTGOMERY) and Cherokee Red Hawk (PHILIP REED) had grown up together and they had looked at the Indians who wore war paint. They go to see Chief Sleeping Fox(CHIEF THUNDERCLOUD) and Davy tells the Chief that the soldiers were going to 'FORT GARDNER' and White Wagons were going West and they did not mean any harm to the Indians. The Chief wanted all this stopped through their land. Davy and Red Hawk get shot at and they are surrounded, but escape at night and Davy goes to warn the Camp. Immediately, he had to save a wagon from Indians. In the Wagon is Frances Oatman(ELLEN DREW), a school teacher. With this story Davy tried to convince the inquiry that Red Hawk was loyal. Red Hawk had found out that their was one Chief Lone Eagle(ROBERT BARRAT) leading the Indian attack. The Camp at 'Red Buit' was a target. Davy and Red Hawk tell Captain Weightman(ADDISON RICHARDS) that Kiowa Indians will attack at night. The attack comes and is repelled. Then Red Hawk says he saw a shadow on Captain's tent and the Captain confirms that his papers had been tempered with. Tracks are found going away from the Camp and someone had contacted the Indians during the fight. The Captain wants to know if ammunition supplies could be taken to 'GREAT PLAINS FORT' through 'MANTOU PASS'. Then Red Hawk is told by Tex(NOAH BERRY Jr) that the school teacher's horses were fresh when they came into camp the other night and there was no station near-by! Red Hawk checks Frances wagon and finds a certificate of completion of Indian teaching conducted by the Methodist Society. Frances admits to Red Hawk that her father was half Dakota Indian, and Oatman was her white mother's family name. Davy tells Red Hawk, that he thinks the Frances wagon driver may not be deaf/dumb, as he makes everyone believe. The Army decide to use the 'SOUTH PASS' instead of Mantou Pass, to go to Great Plains Fort, where the army was in need of guns and ammunition and were surrounded by Indians. How will it end? Who was the spy? Why has the teacher come to this camp? Is her driver deaf/dumb as he claims? Can Davy and Red Hawk solve this mystery? What are the Indians upto? Will Frances and Davy fall in love or not? What is Frances identity? Will Help reach in time at Great Plains Fort? Will the army get through either pass? This story of FORD BEEBE is beautifully photographed by GEORGE DISKANT and briskly directed by LEW LANDERS. The action scenes are very good. All the casts give good performances. George Montgomery(GEORGE MONTGOMERY LETZ) was born on 29.8.1916 to Ukrainian Immigrant parents in Brady, Montana, the youngest of 15 children. He was raised on a large ranch, where he learnt to ride horses and work cattle. After 1 year in University of Montana, he left for Hollywood. In 1935, he got parts for stunt work and small acting roles, at the age of 18. He did many westerns. He worked for Republic Pictures and then 20th Century Fox, which named him 'George Montgomery'. On 5.12.1943, he married singer DINAH SHORE and had 1 daughter, MELISSA ANN(1948). They also adopted in 1954 -'Jody' -JOHN DAVID MONTGOMERY. Their marriage lasted until 1963. George also had interest in painting, sculptor, furniture craftsman and stuntman. He also did TV shows in 1970's. In 1972, after doing 80 films, he retired. On 12.12.2000, aged 84, he died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California. Some of his films are:- (1) Cimarron City Series, 1950(2003) (2) Hostile Guns, 1967(1995) (3) Black Patch, 1957(2008) (4) Outlaw of Red River, 1966(1998) (5) King of Wild Stallions, 1959(2009) (6) The Big Lift, 1950(2002) (7) Battle of The Bulge, 1965(2005) (8) Canyon River, 1956(2009) (9) Man From God's Country, 1958(2009) (10)Orchestra Wives, 1942(2005) Watch and ENJOY.
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"Davy Crockett Indian Fighter (1950) ... George Montgomery ... Lew Landers (Director) (2011)"29 July 2011
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United Artists presents "DAVY CROCKETT, INDIAN FIGHTER" (1950) (71 min/B&W) -- Starring George Montgomery, Ellen Drew, Phillip Reed, Noah Beery Jr. & Robert Barrat
Directed by Lew Landers
Davy Crockett (George Montgomery) is a military scout assigned to insure safe passage for wagon trains. Someone has been tipping off the Indians as to the trains' movements, and Crockett wants to find out who it is, before more blood is spilled. Suspicion immediately falls upon Davy's Tonto-like Indian companion Red Hawk (Philip Reed), but the answer lies somewhere else.
The film benefits from the cat and mouse games that the Indians and the settlers indulge in when they have to decide which route to the fort is quicker or safest
As the civilian tracker for the wagon train, amiable Noah Beery, Jr., who played in the James Garner television series "The Rockford Files," contributes another solid supporting performance.
Director Lew Landers ("Tailspin Tommy"), directs this sprawling black & white western with flair and efficiency. These scenes bolster an otherwise pallid western and makes it worth watching, especially if you enjoy horse operas. You can tell from the arid settings that these large-scale scenes were filmed out in the desert far away from a sound stage.
Our hero, George Montgomery doesn't get the gal, but the happy ending has the true-hearted lovers getting hitched. but it's still a happy ending in my book.
BIOS: 1. Lew Landers [aka: Louis Friedlander] (Director) Date of Birth: 2 January 1901 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 16 December 1962 - Palm Desert, California
2. George Montgomery [aka: George Montgomery Letz] Date of Birth: 29 August 1916 - Brady, Montana Date of Death: 12 December 2000 - Rancho Mirage, California
3. Ellen Drew [aka: Esther Loretta Ray] Date of Birth: 23 November 1915 - Kansas City, Missouri Date of Death: 3 December 2003 - Palm Desert, California
4. Phillip Reed [aka: Milton Le Roy Treinis] Date of Birth: 25 March 1908 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 7 December 1996 - Los Angeles, California
5. Noah Beery Jr. [aka: Noah Lindsey Beery] Date of Birth: 10 August 1913 - New York City, New York Date of Death: 1 November 1994 - Tehachapi, California
Mr. Jim's Ratings: Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars Performance: 4 Stars Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 71 min on DVD ~ United Artists ~ (April 4, 2011)
A who-dunnit western30 Jun. 2013
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Wait a minute! Who is slapping whose leather here? A lot of Indian versus cavalry action, but most of it lifted from the 40s film "Kit Carson," starring Jon Hall. George Montgomery is costumed like Hall for match-up shots. He's Crockett --- not the real Davy, but a nephew --- with a mystery on his hands. Someone at Fort Gardner is spying for the Indians. Suspects include his Indian sidekick (Phillip Reed), a pretty school teacher (Ellen Drew), and a shifty-eyed character at the fort (Robert Barrat) who certainly knows more than he's telling, yessiree Bob.
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Safeguarding Settlers in the Southwest29 May 2012
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Davy Crockett, Indian Scout, 1950 film
There was an Indian attack on a wagon train guarded by the Army. The military investigates. Davy Crockett, the nephew of the famous Whig Congressman, vouches for Red Hawk, his trusted Indian friend. The Indians don't want wagon trains passing through their lands. [A bad influence?] Davy tells of his recent experiences with a formerly friendly tribe. We see Indians attack a wagon train at night. One of the travelers is a woman schoolteacher (who wants a better life). The Kiowans are getting guns and plan to attack at night to steal their horses (leaving them stranded in the desert). Red Hawk obtained this information. Someone has opened the Captain's dispatch box to read confidential information. There has to be a traitor in their midst!
The Indians are restless. Can the Army send arms and ammunition through Manitou Pass? The schoolteacher's horses seem to fresh for a long journey. Frances Oatman has a teacher's certificate and a hidden past. Red Hawk knows this. A deaf mute is safe because the Indians will not harm anyone who is crazy or handicapped. [A lesson here?] The local trader will watch the wagon train. The Captain selects the South Pass for safety, but they must load up on water because there are no well on this longer route. One man sneaks out of camp to warn the Indians. We see who is the spy! [Surprised?] Will Davy use torture to get information? The Indians plan an attack using warriors from all the villagers. Red Hawk learns this plan but is captured. The talk tells about the characters. Can Red Hawk escape to warn the wagon train? Yes, but there is a cost. The Captain is warned, but he must follow orders to resupply the fort.
The Indians plan a concerted attack on the white men, a defeat will forever keep them away. A sergeant volunteers to carry a warning message. Frances brings a message and confession to the Captain. Can they believe her? The sergeant brings a warning message and confirmation, the Captain changes plans. But the sergeant's message is captured so the Indians change their plans to attack at Manitou Pass. Can the Indians block the pass? "They fooled us!" The wagons are drawn into a defensive circle. The Indians attack the wagon train! Can the soldiers withdraw to protect the wagon train? [A warning about splitting your forces.] Davy drives a wagon filled with gunpowder and creates an explosion. Will it free the soldiers so they can save the wagon train? Davy defends Frances and Red Hawk and suggests a suitable punishment for them. Frances will teach school.
This story tells about the audience for popular culture. This is set in the 1850s but the revolvers and muskets are post-Civil War. How many people settled in the arid southwest then? Or was Monument Valley used because it was available vacant land? The attitudes shown here date this film, it would not have been made before the 1950s. This is entertainment, not a history lesson. This preceded the extremely popular Walt Disney series of 1954.