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Battles of Chief Pontiac is a 1952 American quasi historical film directed by Felix E. Feist. The drama features Lex Barker, Helen Westcott and Lon Chaney Jr..[1]

Battles of Chief Pontiac
Battles of Chief Pontiac 1952 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFelix E. Feist
Produced byIrving Starr
Jack Broder
Screenplay byJack DeWitt
StarringLex Barker
Helen Westcott
Lon Chaney Jr.
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyCharles Van Enger
Edited byPhilip Cahn
Jack Broder Productions Inc.
Distributed byRealart Pictures
Release date
  • December¬†8,¬†1952¬†(1952-12-08) (United States)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States



Conflict between Ottawa Native Americans, led by Chief Pontiac, and the British.



Critical responseEdit

Film critic Hans J. Wollstein gave the film a mixed review, writing, "Burly actor Lon Chaney, Jr. said that the role of Chief Pontiac in this cheap action-thriller from low-budget entrepreneur Jack Broder, was one he truly coveted. Unfortunately, Chaney and the rest of the cast were let down by a preachy and frankly dreadful screenplay by Jack de Witt ... Battles of Chief Pontiac was filmed on location near Rapid City, South Dakota, and the scenery remains its only attractive feature."[2]


  1. ^ Battles of Chief Pontiac at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. ^ Wollstein, Hans S. Allmovie by Rovi, film review, no date. Accessed: March 1, 2011.

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