Navajo (1952)


Francis Kee Teller plays Son of the Hunter, a young Navajo boy who is separated from his family so that he may be given his government-dictated mandatory education. Disdaining the “white” world, Teller runs from his instructors. The two tenderfeet find themselves in a perilous situation, from which the savvy Teller must rescue them.

Director: Norman Foster.
Stars: Hall Bartlett, John Mitchell, Sammy Ogg, Eloise Teller, Francis Kee Tellerr, Linda Teller, Mrs. Kee Teller, Billy Draper, Virgil Miller, Cozy McSparron.

1953 Academy Awards РNominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography, B&W (Virgil Miller).
1953 Academy Awards –¬†Nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.


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  1. Michael
    June 6, 2019

    thank you for this one Jon

  2. Nick Jason
    August 7, 2019

    This is unusual and quite enjoyable–but clearly scripted and, sorry Oscar, no more a true documentary than “Bicycle Thieves” or “Umberto D.” I guess in 1952 unknown actors in real locations were enough to qualify.

  3. December 21, 2019

    Thanks for this Jon. As Nick Jason says, this is not by any means a documentary, but that is true of many Oscar docs of the period. The most egregious example was “I Was A Communist For the FBI” WTF!

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