White Feather (film)

White Feather
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Produced by Robert L. Jacks
Screenplay by Delmer Daves
Leo Townsend
Based on My Great-Aunt Appearing Day
1952 story in Lilliput Magazine
by John Prebble
Starring Robert Wagner
Jeffrey Hunter
John Lund
Debra Paget
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by George A. Gittens
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release dates
  • February 16, 1955 (1955-02-16)
Running time
102 mins.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,125,000[1]
Box office $1.65 million(US rentals)[2][3]

White Feather is a 1955 Technicolor CinemaScope western film directed by Robert D. Webb and starring Robert Wagner. The movie was filmed in Durango, Mexico. The story is based on fact; however, the particulars of the plot and the characters of the story are fictional.

Plot synopsis

The story of the peace mission from the US cavalry to the Cheyenne Indians in Wyoming during the 1870s. The Cheyenne agree to leave their hunting grounds so that white settlers can move in to search for gold. Colonel Lindsay (John Lund) and land surveyor Josh Tanner (Robert Wagner) are in charge of the resettlement, but the mission is threatened when Appearing Day (Debra Paget), the sister of Little Dog (Jeffrey Hunter) and fiancé of Cheyenne tribesman American Horse (Hugh O'Brian), falls for Tanner. When Appearing Day runs away to join Tanner at the fort, American Horse follows and while he is captured, he is later freed by Little Dog and the two ride off to the hills. Tanner, Col. Lindsay and a troop of soldiers go to the Cheyenne camp where Chief Broken Hand (Eduard Franz) has agreed to sign a peace treaty. After the signing, a warrior rides up and throws down a knife with a white feather attached, a declaration of war by American Horse and Little Dog against all the soldiers. Tanner convinces the Chief to allow the matter to be resolved between themselves.


See also


  1. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p249
  2. Aubrey Solomon, Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History, Scarecrow Press, 1989 p226
  3. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
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