Posted by Rich on July 24, 2000 at 04:34:15:
In Reply to: A non-Saved-By-The-Bell posted by Diana S. on July 23, 2000 at 20:07:18:
Yes, Diana! I cannot let this pass by without comment, even though I'm probably repeating myself from a couple years back ...
Ed Blatchford plays Lieutenant W.W. Cooke in "Son of the Morning Star." Cooke was Custer's adjutant at Little Bighorn & a close family friend and long time member of the US 7th Cavalry. His body was found very close to that of Custer on Last Stand Hill. His distinctive LONG sideburns were a novelty to the Indian warrior Wooden Leg (Cheyenne) who removed one as a "souvenir."
Blatchford is visually extremely hard to identify as Captain Jack, with the dark hair & beard & sideburns. It is as you say, the voice definitely gives him away!
As a film, "Son of the Morning Star," despite its errors, is one of the more historically accurate films I've ever seen. It leaves something to be desired in its impact ... certainly could have been done better, but I enjoyed it tremendously anyway. Read the book of the same name by Evan S. Connell. A masterpiece of storytelling for the uninitiated ... The book tells the tale in a tapestry-type fashion. The film borrows from that style by allowing the events to play out through the eyes of two women, Libby Custer (Custer's wife) & Kate Bighead (Cheyenne).
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