Massacre

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Hollywood has always maligned and stereotyped native Americans, but this film is less objectionable than most in that regard. Though the studio saw MASSACRE as a standard action melodrama, the mistreatment of Indians by white men in America is clearly shown in this rare programmer that does not present Indians as bloodthirsty heathens. Barthelmess is woefully...read more

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Hollywood has always maligned and stereotyped native Americans, but this film is less objectionable than most in that regard. Though the studio saw MASSACRE as a standard action melodrama, the mistreatment of Indians by white men in America is clearly shown in this rare programmer that does

not present Indians as bloodthirsty heathens. Barthelmess is woefully miscast as a Sioux who has been away from his home reservation for a number of years. After becoming a star in a Wild West show, he hears that his father is dying. Returning home, he is appalled by the treatment his people have

received at the hands of whites. There's a good deal of fighting and rioting in his quest for justice, which eventually winds down to a standard happy ending. Barthelmess does not look his part, but he plays with some degree of believability. At times the film actually overcomes its set pieces to

make a statement about the treatment of Indians in this country, though on the whole this is a standard action picture without any real social commentary.

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