VCI Entertainment announced this past week that the DVD release titled Western Classics Double Feature: Apache Chief and Bandit Queen has been added to its release calendar for delivery to retail on July 21.
The Lippert Pictures double feature kicks off with director Frank McDonald’s 1949 film release of Apache Chief, which offers a slightly different take on the traditional Western of the immediate post-war period. The story is told from the POV of rival Apache tribesmen.
Young Eagle (Alan Curtis), a young man of peace and good will, is thrust into a power vacuum when the tribal chief (Trevor Bardette) dies and his son, Black Wolf (Russell Hayden), assumes leadership and begins slaughtering both his own people and settlers in the area. It falls to Young Eagle, with the help of Lieutenant Brown (Tom Neal of Detour fame), to put an end to Black Wolf’s reign of terror.
The co-feature is director William Berke’s 1950 film release of The Bandit Queen. Barbara Britton (as Pamela North in the Mr. & Mrs. North television series, plus such films as Champagne for Caesar, They Made Me a Killer, So Proudly We Hail!, etc.) stars as Zarra Montalvo, the daughter of a Spanish Land Grant land owner, who witnesses the murder of her parents.
The local law, Sheriff Harden (Barton MacLane), is in on the land-grab scheme, so Zarra adopts the persona of Lola Belmont and teams with Joaquin Murietta (Phillip Reed — Unknown Island, Song of the Thin Man, etc.) — the Robin Hood of El Dorado — to take revenge and bring her parent’s killers to justice … one way or another!