The Vanishing American (1955 film)

The Vanishing American is a 1955 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane and written by Alan Le May. It is based on the 1925 novel The Vanishing American by Zane Grey. The film stars Scott Brady, Audrey Totter, Forrest Tucker, Gene Lockhart, Jim Davis and John Dierkes. The film was released on November 17, 1955, by Republic Pictures.[1][2][3]

The Vanishing American
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced byJoseph Kane
Screenplay byAlan Le May
Based onThe Vanishing American
by Zane Grey
StarringScott Brady
Audrey Totter
Forrest Tucker
Gene Lockhart
Jim Davis
John Dierkes
Music byR. Dale Butts
CinematographyJohn L. Russell
Edited byRichard L. Van Enger
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • November 17, 1955 (1955-11-17)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Marion Warner inherits a ranch from an uncle. Stranded in the desert, she encounters Blandy, a white man raised by Navajos who believes her land actually belongs to the Indians. A trading post owner, Morgan, aided by partner Blucher and hired guns Glendon and Lord, has been stealing from the Navajos and kidnapping women, including Yashi, who is held prisoner until Marion arranges her escape. An expert with a gun, Marion also rescues Etenia, the Navajo chief, after Morgan's men attempt to kill him.

Blandy is able to help Marion steal documents from Morgan's safe relating to the rightful ownership of the land. Blandy is taken captive and tortured as Marion realizes she has fallen in love with him. She sends for the law, Sheriff Joe Walker, then rescues him after he is taken prisoner. Walker then takes Morgan into custody as Blandy and Marion come to the aid of the Navajos and plan a future together.



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