Chief Crazy Horse (film)

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Chief Crazy Horse
Chief Crazy Horse FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by George Sherman
Produced by William Alland
Screenplay by Franklin Coen
Gerald Drayson Adams
Story by Gerald Drayson Adams
Starring Victor Mature
Suzan Ball
John Lund
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by Al Clark
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 1955 (1955-04) (United States)
  • April 27, 1955 (1955-04-27) (New York City)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.75 million (US)[1]

Chief Crazy Horse is a 1955 American CinemaScope Technicolor Western film directed by George Sherman starring Victor Mature, Suzan Ball and John Lund. The film is a fictionalized biography of the Lakota Sioux Chief Crazy Horse that, unusually for the time, portrays the Native American Indians in a more sympathetic light.

It was also known as Valley of Fury.

Plot synopsis[edit]

When young Crazy Horse (Victor Mature) wins his bride, rival Little Big Man (Ray Danton) goes to villainous traders with evidence of gold in the sacred Lakota burial ground. A new gold rush starts and old treaties are torn up. Crazy Horse becomes chief of his people, leading them to war at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.



Jeff Chandler was originally announced to play the lead.[2] Instead the part was given to Victor Mature. Filming began in June 1954, on location in Montana and Wyoming.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ 'Chief Crazyhorse' Held Right for Jeff Chandler; Slate Signs Term Deal Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 21 Mar 1953: 11.
  3. ^ SUBSIDIES TO ITALY ON FILMS DECRIED: Talks on New Agreement Are Seeking End to the Practice, Held 'Dangerous' Precedent By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 22 May 1954: 8.

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