Pony Soldier (1952)

Genres - Adventure, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Traditional Western  |   Release Date - Dec 19, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 82 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Generous helpings of stock footage from the 1944 film Buffalo Bill help make Pony Soldier seem far more expensive and ambitious than it actually is. Tyrone Power stars as 19th-century Royal Canadian Mountie Duncan MacDonald, whose job it is to escort a group of Cree Indians back to their above-the-border reservation. His guide in this endeavor is the not-too-trustworthy half-breed Natayo (Thomas Gomez). Along the way, he tries to free two white captives of the Crees, escaped convict Jess Calhoun (Robert Horton) and Jess' sister Emerald (Penny Edwards). Calhoun nearly messes up the whole operation when he impulsively kills the brother of Chief Konah (Cameron Mitchell). Though set in Canada, Pony Soldier was filmed in Arizona's Coconino National Forest. A curiosity: leading lady Penny Edwards has barely five lines, while 6th-billed child actor Anthony Earl Numkena, cast as lovable Indian cub Comes Running, is given reams of dialogue.

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rescue, conflict, kidnapping, mounted-police, Mountie (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), Native-American, tribe, victim, Indian (Native-American)-reservation, meeting, pony, power, soldier