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: The Great Sioux Uprising (1953)  ( 1796 )

« : June 11, 2017, 05:53:33 AM »

Sioux Convention.

Directed by Lloyd Bacon and collectively written by Melvin Levy, J. Robert Bren and Gladys Atwater. Starring Jeff Chandler, Faith Domergue, Lyle Bettger, Peter Whitney and Stacy Harris.

The grand title sadly doesn't match what is actually put on screen, since Bacon's film is more a thinker than a thugger. Plot has Chandler as an ex-Union surgeon who takes up with ranchers and Indians in fighting the good cause against Bettger's horse baron and nefarious rebel rousers.

Undeniably the intentions and thought as per the screenplay are honourable, the anti-racist currents coupled with thematics involving the false deals laid at the Native American's doors, these are interestingly played and keep the pic from sinking below an average level. Action is in short supply, but there are moments of muscular brawn and bravado, while the Oregon locations and Technicolor photography (Maury Gertsman) provide pleasing surroundings.

Chandler and Bettger get roles for which they were known and suited, but Domergue - radiant in that "just made love" look she had - just ends up as more token interest than the feisty intelligent business woman that the story threatens to unleash. Whitney and Harris deliver good foil as stoic friend and unscrupulous fiend respectively. While John War Eagle and Glenn Strange offer up a firm backbone in the secondary support slots.

The story and ideas have been done far better in far more well known Westerns, thus rendering this as hardly essential. But some merit exists and for Chandler and Bettger fans it's a decent time waster. 6/10

Currently doing the rounds on UK Freeview - Film4.

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« #1 : August 02, 2022, 01:28:52 PM »

"Routine and mediocre." (Garfield) Yeah, but with some point of originality like the half-Cherokee confederate General (!), mistreating publicly a black servant. What to make of  it? I agree with the above review anyway. 6/10

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« #2 : August 03, 2022, 04:25:13 AM »

The Quite Small Sioux Uprising would fit this totally forgettable film much better. Boring stuff. 2/10

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