Sitting Bull at the "Spirit Lake Massacre" (1927)

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Directed by genre expert Robert North Bradbury, Sitting Bull at the "Spirit Lake Massacre" was one of the only Westerns of the later silent era to actually feature a Native American in the lead role. Chief Yowlachie, a Yakima Indian from Washington State, appeared in the title role, albeit fifth-billed after Bryant Washburn, Anne Schaefer, Jay Morley, and Shirley Palmer. Unfortunately, Yowlachie and the rest of the cast were soundly defeated by nonexistent production values and poverty-stricken Sunset Production's lack of distribution. Yowlachie, however, survived in the business longer than his co-stars, appearing on-stage, screen, and in television well into the 1960s. Amazingly, the actor who became known for his Western villainy, had begun his professional life as an opera singer.