The Vanishing American (1955)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Release Date - Nov 17, 1955 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The oft-filmed Zane Grey yarn The Vanishing American is given respectful treatment in this Republic "A" production. Eliminating Grey's premise that the American Indian's downfall was all part of Nature's scheme of things, the film begins in the late 19th century, with Scott Brady starring as Navajo protagonist Blandy. Embittered not only by deceitful whites but also by renegade Apaches, Blandy hopes to prevent further decimation of his people by stemming the activities of crooked Indian agent Blucher (Gene Lockhart) and duplicitious trader Morgan (Forrest Tucker). Blandy's allies include white landowner Marian Warner (Audrey Totter), whose open rangeland is dearly coveted by the nefarious Blucher and Morgan. Among the genuine Native Americans making cameo appearances are Jay "Tonto" Silverheels and Charles Stevens.

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agent [representative], claim-jumpers, courage, cross-cultural-relations, dishonesty, evil, greed, land, land-scheme, land-war, Native-American, outsider, ranch, struggle, takeover, territory, trader, west, landing [plane]