What's the difference between a primitive (such as Hopi Indians or Richard Marshall the Fifth's two-fisted pioneer ancestors) and a sophisticate (in this case Richard Marshall V, raised in Monte Carlo playing polo in spats and a monocle)? Richard meets up with some Americans abroad who can't believe he's an American too. He's invited to sail with them to Galveston and then head for Hopi land in Arizona. Little does Richard know that he's stumbled onto a diamond-smuggling operation, that one of the yachting party is in the secret service on the trail of Van Holkar, their host, and that soon all of Richard's instinctual mettle will be tested, mettle he didn't know he had.
Did You Know?
At about 5:54 into the film, Richard Marshall IV throws well-worn Barber half dollars at the feet of townspeople imploring them to celebrate a newlywed couple. Minutes earlier, a title card identified the year as 1880. The Barber half dollar was first introduced into American coinage in 1892, twelve years after the scene depicted. The most likely half dollar he should have thrown was the Liberty-seated type. See more
"FOREWORD: Our thanks are gratefully expressed to government officials, tribal chiefs, and to the hundreds of picturesque Hopi Indians on their reservation near the Painted Desert of Arizona, who, in their savage way heartily welcomed us to their prehistoric villages and with primitive cheerfulness played an important part in this picture." See more
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