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Battles of Chief Pontiac (1952)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

Burly actor Lon Chaney, Jr. said that the role of Chief Pontiac in this cheap action-thriller from low-budget entrepreneur Jack Broder, was one he truly coveted. Unfortunately, Chaney and the rest of the cast were let down by a preachy and frankly dreadful screenplay by Jack de Witt. The most memorable aspect of the film, the villainous, and wildly overplaying, Berry Kroeger selling smallpox infected blankets to Native Americans, is downright distasteful and makes light of one of the truly tragic results of an aboriginal population's first encounter with "civilization." Battles of Chief Pontiac was filmed on location near Rapid City, South Dakota, and the scenery remains its only attractive feature.