Cinema: The Scalphunters

This amusing western has a racial equality angle, an avalanche, a locoweed stampede, Shelley Winters chomping cigars, and Agnes—an educated horse that sits on its rear end for a strategy conference with Burt Lancaster. Most important, it has Ossie Davis, one of the nation's finest Negro actors.

Davis is beguilingly guileful as a runaway slave who changes hands like a dirty dollar. He is captured by a band of Indians, who unload him on Fur Trapper Lancaster as "payment" for the load of skins they steal from him. The redskins, in turn, are zapped...

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