Sitting Bull

2704. SITTING BULL (1954-USA) COLOR. With DALE ROBERTSON, MARY MURPHY, J. CARROL NAISH, JOHN LITEL, IRON EYES CODY, BILL (WILLIAM) HOPPER. The Black Hills of the Dakotas is a peaceful land and sacred ground to the Sioux nation, which is headed by wise and proud Chief Sitting Bull. However, white prospectors have lately been arriving there to pan for gold, in violation of the treaties signed by the Sioux with the United Stales government. To add insult to injury, the various authorities and military officials are content to ignore the Sioux’s pleas for intervention. They see the natives simply as “renegade dogs”” who refuse to “obey orders,” even if those orders serve to deprive them of their rights and their homes. The sole white man who is sympathetic to the Indians’ plight is Cavalry major Bob Parrish. He clashes with his superiors (including the soon-to-be-famous George Armstrong Custer) over the treatment of the Sioux, even though his actions threaten to jeopardize his career and his relationship with the woman he hopes to marry. What follows is a rousing Western drama that works on two fronts. It is tremendously entertaining, and it also is enlightening in that it offers an accurate account of history, a full-bodied portrait of Sitting bull (who is impressively played by the fine character actor J. Carrol Naish) and a refreshing pro-Indian point of view. 106 minutes. Western