B-MOVIE BLAST: Indian Paint (1965)

The Mill Creek B-Movie Blast set is even more all over the place than your normal Mill Creek set, which usually at least has a horror or science fiction theme. Honestly, they could have just called this Mill Creek presents Nearly Everything Crown International Pictures Released. Actually, they totally should have, because I would have bought it even sooner.

Yes, not everyone has a Crown International Letterboxd list. But I sure do and one of my life’s goals — look, it’s my grail, not yours — is to see every single movie they ever released.

To get there, I’m going to have to make it through Indian Paint, a 1965 western with Johnny Crawford (Mark McCain from TV’s The Rifleman), Jay Silverheels (Tonto from TV’s The Lone Ranger) and Crawford’s brother-in-law Pat Hogan, a Native American actor who showed up in plenty of films before his untimely death at the age of 46. Hogan seems pretty awesome, as in his spare time he wrote for men’s magazines and was such a good writer that John Steinbeck sent him a note praising his writing. Know what’s even more amazing? His dog’s name was White Man.

This being a 1965 Western, Crawford ends up playing Nishko, the chief’s son who must tame a painted pony. Nobody told him anything about the rattlesnakes,cougars, wolves and enemy tribes that he’d have to handle along the way.

This was directed by Norman Foster, who made a pretty great film noir called Kiss the Blood Off My Hands, as well as several of the Mr. Moto, Charlie Chan and Davey Crockett movies. He wrote the film as well, which isn’t as problematic as most westerns from this time. So there’s that.

The quest to complete the Crown International library continues.

You can watch this on YouTube.

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