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Brave Warrior (1952)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1952 (USA)
In Indiana of the early 1800s, conflict once again arises between the United States and Great Britain over territory and boundaries. Each side endeavors to gain the support of the Shawnee ... See full summary »


Spencer Gordon Bennet (as Spencer G. Bennet)


Robert E. Kent (written for the screen by)




Complete credited cast:
Jon Hall ... Steve Ruddell
Christine Larson ... Laura MacGregor
Jay Silverheels ... Tecumseh
Michael Ansara ... The Prophet
Harry Cording ... Shayne MacGregor
James Seay ... Gov. William Henry Harrison
George Eldredge ... Captain Barney Demming
Leslie Denison Leslie Denison ... Gen. Proctor / Bancroft
Rory Mallinson ... Barker (as Rory Malinson)
Rusty Wescoatt Rusty Wescoatt ... Standish
Bert Davidson Bert Davidson ... Gilbert Simon
William Wilkerson ... Chief Little Cloud
Gil Perkins ... English Lieutenant (as Gilbert V. Perkins)


In Indiana of the early 1800s, conflict once again arises between the United States and Great Britain over territory and boundaries. Each side endeavors to gain the support of the Shawnee Indian tribes in the area. Governor William Henry Harrison enlists the aid of Steve Ruddell, whose friendship with the Shawnee chief Tecumseh goes back to childhood. Tecumseh's leadership of the Shawnee is contested by his brother, known as The Prophet, who sides with the British. Tecumseh, who grew up as a childhood playmate of Steve and of Laura McGregor, loves Steve as a brother and hopes to marry Laura. But Laura is in love with Steve. Laura's father, Shayne McGregor, secretly leads local support of the British against the Americans, even though it risks the life and love of his daughter. Everything comes to a head at the battle of Tippecanoe. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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SHAWNEES looting...killing...burning in history's fiercest raid!




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Release Date:

1 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The actual battle of Tippecanoe lasted around two hours, not minutes. The battle started before dawn and ended after the Indians retreated after running low on ammunition. The town of Tippecanoe was not burnt down, the native town was destroyed. The movie only shows Militia in gray uniforms, but there were also Regulars (in blue) and Dragoons (mounted infantry) who played a major role in the battle. Finally, although hand to hand combat was shown, none of the Militiamen had a bayonet on his musket. See more »


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Actionful tale of the War of 1812
4 February 2008 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

The least visible war in US history is probably the war of 1812 with the British and other than The Buccaneer (filmed twice )I am unable to recall any movies made about it ,apart from this modest but reasonably effective action picture

Tension is building around the Northern border of the USA and the British are stirring up trouble by enlisting hostile Indians to their cause.Tecumseh (Jay Silverheels)is well disposed to the Americans but his more hot tempered brother ,known only as The Prophet(Michael Ansara)is openly at odds with him and challenges his authority over the tribe . The British incite The Prophet to raid settlements and they also have a nest of spies to keep them informed of goings on in the US settlements.Combating their nefarious schemes -well,nefarious if you are an American that is !-is the rugged American agent Steve (Jon Hall)who persuades Tecumseh to build "a model white town"at Tippecanoe and this immediately becomes a target for The prophet and his allies .Steve also finds time to romance the daughter of the local fur trader -who just happens to be a British spy and who Tecumseh is also in love with

The main virtues of the movie are its pace (brisk direction from Spencer Gordon Bennet)and some nice colour photography.Silverheels is fine as Tecumseh but the other performances are adequate ,no more than that .The ending seems rushed and has a curiously bitter sweet tang to it

This is a brisk B feature and will provide enjoyment if your expectations are modest and you enjoy lively period movies

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