Elisha Cook Jr. and Kirk Douglas philosophizing on photographing the west at the edge of an abyss, the river spreading between them into the background, Douglas and Elsa Martinelli rolling flagrantly in the river, making love. This is what cinemascope was invented for.
Written by Ben Hecht, The Indian Fighter is primarily a film about lies and rumors and their consequences. The main character himself, Johnny Hawks, is believed to have been killed in the American Civil War, by the Sioux and by the U.S. Cavalry. The film is also a film about Nature where characters hide or are only seen in the background. Close-ups are reserved to Briggs, the army photographer. Highly recommended.