Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here Based on true events, Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here, tells the story of one of the last Western manhunts, in 1909. Willie Boy, a Native American, kills his girlfriend’s father in self defense, and the two go on the run, pursued by a search posse led by Sheriff Christopher Cooper.
This film is overlooked too often
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here I consider Robert Blake’s performance in this movie to be one of his best, and this comes from someone who has always thought he was a fine actor. Robert Redford, too, shines here as the sheriff, and almost all the supporting cast keeps up with the two male leads.
Blake’s character is a Paiute Indian who is the object of a manhunt which is sensationalized by the press because of its concurrence with a visit by President Taft. The sheriff is pressured into hunting down the Indian and the girl he loves but whose father has forbidden the match.
It’s a good solid early-1900s Western with much better-than-average acting. But it’s not so much an action film as it is a character study — of Blake’s character and, to a lesser degree, Redford’s. It brings to life the racism and exploitation that white Europeans brought with them to America.
R. Blake & R. Redford in Top Form!