Pony Soldier

  • 1952
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

A picturesque and colorful outdoor adventure with Power, in his bright red uniform, starring as a heroic Canadian Mountie. It is 1876 and he is assigned to track down a tribe of Cree Indians who have left their reservation and crossed the Montana border. Led by chief Randall, the tribe has been illegally raiding buffalo herds. In addition, the tribe's war...read more

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A picturesque and colorful outdoor adventure with Power, in his bright red uniform, starring as a heroic Canadian Mountie. It is 1876 and he is assigned to track down a tribe of Cree Indians who have left their reservation and crossed the Montana border. Led by chief Randall, the tribe has

been illegally raiding buffalo herds. In addition, the tribe's war chief, Mitchell, storms a wagon train and takes two prisoners--Edwards and ex-convict Horton. Power, with his half-breed guide Gomez, spends two days following the Crees' trail before finally meeting with Randall. Power firmly

orders the tribe to return to their reservation, impressing Randall with his assured nature. Mitchell, however, isn't so easily swayed and organizes a faction of Indians who intend to stand their ground. A tribal meeting is called, during which Power and a young Indian boy, Numkena, become

friends. Randall agrees to return to Canada in exchange for supplies. Power meets his demands, but before the deal is completed Horton attempts to escape, killing Mitchell's brother in the process. Horton is captured by Mitchell's faction and strung up between two horses, which are ready to pull

him in two by running in opposite directions. Power bravely intervenes and makes peace with Randall. Mitchell is still bent on revenge, however, and kidnaps Edwards, taking her high up into the mountains to burn her at the stake. Power comes to her rescue and in a flurry of gunshots and flying

arrows the girl is saved while Mitchell is killed. Power then escorts the tribe back across the Canadian border and onto their reservation. Needless to say, Power ends up with the girl at the finale. Not one of Power's finest achievements (Newman's direction is lifeless, to say the least), PONY

SOLDIER is still watchable thanks to some solid performances and a well-paced script. By the early 1950s Power, who was at the end of his exclusive contract with Fox, was relegated to second-rate pictures because of his growing devotion to the stage. Yet he still managed, as in PONY SOLDIER, to be

a commanding presence on the screen.

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