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Battles of Chief Pontiac [DVD] [1952]

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Battles of Chief Pontiac
Some sources have indicated that Battles of Chief Pontiac was originally intended as the pilot for a TV series. Erstwhile Tarzan Lex Barker stars as 18th-century frontiersman Kent McIntyre, while Lon Chaney Jr. essays the title role of Chief Pontiac. On behalf of the British, McIntyre tries to negotiate a peace treaty with Pontiac, who is understandably wary of white-man promises. Sure enough, a fierce anti-Indian policy is placed into effect when McIntyre's commanding officer is replaced by bigoted Hessian colonel Von Weber (played with Fuehrer-like intensity by Berry Kroeger). Practicing a particularly insidious form of genocide, Von Weber tries to decimate the Indians with smallpox-infested blankets. Eventually, the cruel commandant is hoist on his own petard, and peace is restored for awhile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Lex Barker
    Lex Barker - Kent McIntire
  • Helen Westcott
    Helen Westcott - Winifred Lancester
  • Lon Chaney, Jr.
    Lon Chaney, Jr. - Chief Pontiac
  • Berry Kroeger
    Berry Kroeger - Col. Von Weber
  • Roy Roberts
    Roy Roberts - Maj. Gladwin
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