War Paint (1926 film)

War Paint is a 1926 Western film directed by W. S. Van Dyke. The film stars Tim McCoy. Louis B. Mayer observed the profits made by other studios with western franchises such as Tom Mix, Buck Jones or Hoot Gibson. He selected a genuine army officer who had lived with Indian tribes to come to Hollywood as an advisor on 1922's The Covered Wagon: Colonel Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy. His debut as Tim McCoy in War Paint was announced under the banner "He's the real McCoy!" In order to maximize the economics, the film was shot simultaneously on location with another film, Winners of the Wilderness.[1] The film is considered lost. A trailer however is preserved at the Library of Congress.[2][3][4][5]

War Paint
Directed byW. S. Van Dyke
Written byCharles Maigne
Based onWar Paint
by Peter B. Kyne
StarringTim McCoy
Pauline Starke
CinematographyClyde De Vinna
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 10, 1926 (1926-10-10)
CountryUnited States
English intertitles


An Indian chief of the Arapahoe escapes the reservation where he has been living and takes along some of his warriors. The cavalry is sent out for them.



  1. Eames, John Douglas, The MGM Story, 1981
  2. Listing of incomplete MGM films at Nitrateville
  3. War Paint at the silentera.com database
  4. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, (Trailer - only) page 204 c.1978 by The American Film Institute
  5. AFI Catalog of Feature Films: War Paint

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