Little Big Horn (1927)

Genres - Action, Drama, Historical Film  |  
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Little Big Horn was a cheapjack attempt to recount the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand on June 25, 1876. John Beck was cast as Custer, evidently for no other reason than he looked the part. Most of the heroics and dramatics were handled by Roy Stewart, a popular action star on the downgrade, here playing Indian scout Lem Hawks. The script contrives to have Hawks miss the climactic battle so that he can enjoy a final romantic clinch with heroine Betty Rossman (Helen Lynch). In fact, only a few brief glimpses of that much-anticipated battle actually show up on screen. This 5-reel "epic," produced by the parsimonious Anthony J. Xydias, was originally released in 6 reels as With General Custer at the Little Big Horn.