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. 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 by||George Sherman|
|Produced by||William Alland|
|Screenplay by||Franklin Coen|
Gerald Drayson Adams
|Story by||Gerald Drayson Adams|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Edited by||Al Clark|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$1.75 million (US)|
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.
- Victor Mature as Chief Crazy Horse
- Suzan Ball as Black Shawl (Little Fawn)
- John Lund as Maj. Twist
- Ray Danton as Little Big Man
- Keith Larsen as Flying Hawk
- Paul Guilfoyle as Worm
- David Janssen as Lt. Colin Cartwright
- Robert Warwick as Spotted Tail
- James Millican as General George Crook
- Morris Ankrum as Red Cloud/Conquering Bear
- Donald Randolph as Aaron Cartwright
- Robert F. Simon as Jeff Mantz
- James Westerfield as Caleb Mantz
- Stuart Randall as Old Man Afraid
- Pat Hogan as Dull Knife
- Dennis Weaver as Major Carlisle
- John Peters as Sgt. Guthrie
- Henry Wills as He Dog
Jeff Chandler was originally announced to play the lead. Instead the part was given to Victor Mature. Filming began in June 1954, on location in Montana and Wyoming. This was the final film of Suzan Ball who died of cancer four months after the film was released.
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