Chief Crazy Horse (film)

Chief Crazy Horse is a 1955 American CinemaScope Technicolor Western film directed by George Sherman starring Victor Mature, Suzan Ball and John Lund.[2] The film is a fictionalized biography of the Lakota Sioux Chief Crazy Horse. It was also known as Valley of Fury.

Chief Crazy Horse
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced byWilliam Alland
Screenplay byFranklin Coen
Gerald Drayson Adams
Story byGerald Drayson Adams
StarringVictor Mature
Suzan Ball
John Lund
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyHarold Lipstein
Edited byAl Clark
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • April 1955 (1955-04) (United States)
  • April 27, 1955 (1955-04-27) (New York City)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.75 million (US)[1]

Plot synopsis

When young Crazy Horse (Victor Mature) wins his bride, rival Little Big Man (Ray Danton) goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. A new gold rush starts and old treaties are torn up. Crazy Horse becomes chief of his people, leading them to war at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.



Jeff Chandler was originally announced to play the lead.[3] Instead the part was given to Victor Mature. Filming began in June 1954, on location in Montana and Wyoming.[4] This was the final film of Suzan Ball who died of cancer four months after the film was released.

See also


  1. "The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955". Variety Weekly. January 1956.
  2. Crowther, Bosley (April 28, 1955). "The Screen: Warpath; Chief Crazy Horse and Tribe Attack Cavalry". The New York Times.
  3. Schallert, Edwin (21 Mar 1953). "'Chief Crazyhorse' Held Right for Jeff Chandler; Slate Signs Term Deal". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: (1923-Current File). p. 11.
  4. Pryors, Thomas M. (22 May 1954). "Subsidies to Italy on Films Decried: Talks on New Agreement Are Seeking End to the Practice, Held 'Dangerous' Precedent". The New York Times. New York City, New York: (1923-Current file). p. 8.
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