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70 minutes

Drama
A stunt rodeo rider with Native American roots (Richard Barthelmess) puts his swanky life in Gilded Age Chicago on hold and visits the reservation where he grew up, only to find rampant injustice under the white overseers in charge of the area. Angered and ashamed of himself for ignoring the needs of his people, he crusades against the Bureau of Indian Affairs, his actions setting off a chain of violent attacks. Similar to The Vanishing American (1925) and Redskin (1929) in its progressive stance on the treatment of Native Americans, this feisty pre-Code melodrama revels in New Deal leftism, denouncing cultural prejudice with attitude to spare. The lean story anticipates the politically charged film noirs of director Phil Karlson in prioritizing action over plot and grand gestures over subtle statements. Alan Crosland (The Jazz Singer) directed.

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