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Battles of Chief Pontiac Details


Some sources have indicated that Battles of Chief Pontiac was originally intended as the pilot for a TV series. Erstwhile Tarzan Lex Barker stars as 18th-century frontiersman Kent McIntyre, while Lon Chaney Jr. essays the title role of Chief Pontiac. On behalf of the British, McIntyre tries to negotiate a peace treaty with Pontiac, who is understandably wary of white-man promises. Sure enough, a fierce anti-Indian policy is placed into effect when McIntyre's commanding officer is replaced by bigoted Hessian colonel Von Weber (played with Fuehrer-like intensity by Berry Kroeger). Practicing a particularly insidious form of genocide, Von Weber tries to decimate the Indians with smallpox-infested blankets. Eventually, the cruel commandant is hoist on his own petard, and peace is restored for awhile. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Lex Barker
as Kent McIntire
Helen Westcott
as Winifred Lancester
Lon Chaney, Jr.
as Chief Pontiac
Berry Kroeger
as Col. Von Weber
Roy Roberts
as Maj. Gladwin
Larry Chance
as Hawkbill
Katherine Warren
as Chia
Ramsay Hill
as Gen. Amherst
Guy Teague
as Von Weber's aide
James Fairfax
as Sentry


Felix E. Feist
Charles Van Enger
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Phil Cahn