Charles Bronson as Navajo Code Talker Sgt. John Danforth in 1959's "Never So Few."

Video: Charles Bronson: Navajo Code Talker?

April 14, 2013

Legendary actor Charles Bronson, the son of Lithuanian immigrant parents and raised in Pennsylvania, was the prototypical big screen tough guy and star of films Death Wish and The Dirty Dozen. Perhaps his most interesting role, at least for Indian country, was that of Sgt. John Danforth, a Navajo Code Talker, in the 1959 picture Never So Few. And this is really interesting:

Stephanie Allen found and posted to her YouTube page a clip from the film, which she describes thusly:

"Navajo Code Talker portrayed by Charles Bronson in the 1959 film Never So Few. Quite rare simply because the code wasn't declassified until 1968. Listen to the radio's response, Bronson's Navajo might be fake, but the Navajos on the radio responding are real Navajo dialects."

Although the Navajo voice on the other end of the radio goes unmentioned in the film's credits, ICTMN is researching to discover who that person was. If you have any insights, please share them in the comments section below.

Here's the video:

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And for another amazing scene from Never So Few, click here. In the clip, Dean Jones (yes, that Dean Jones, of The Love Bug fame), playing Sgt. Jim Norby, starts a skirmish with Bronson's Sgt. Danforth by calling him "Hiawatha" in a deregatory way, a fight that would be awfully one-sided if Frank Sinatra's character weren't there to restore order.