racechange: Mackenna’s Gold

Mackenna’s Gold

Despite its cast this is a pretty standard Western with great scenery – that Mackenna knows the location of a secret canyon of lost gold pretty well explains it all.

Among those involved is the treacherous renegade Apache Hesh-ke (Julie Newmar) who lusts after MacKenna and is viciously – with a facial scar as proof of her violent past – jealous of the captive white woman who accompanies them: naturally, she comes to a bad end.

The production notes include a description of Hesh-ke: ‘sultry, sensuous – but violent and unstable’, ‘nymphomaniac’, ‘a name that means murderess in Apache’, ‘an outcast from her own people, she is a double outlaw’.

The makeup

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