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The Plainsman (1936)

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Wild Bill Hickok attempts to stop an Indian uprising that was started by white gun-runners.

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Cast

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James Ellison ...
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John Lattimer
Helen Burgess ...
Louisa Cody
Porter Hall ...
Paul Harvey ...
Victor Varconi ...
Painted Horse
John Miljan ...
Frank McGlynn Sr. ...
Granville Bates ...
Van Ellyn
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A Young Trooper
Purnell Pratt ...
Captain Wood
Fred Kohler ...
Jake - A Teamster (as Fred Kohler Sr. in End Credit)
Pat Moriarity ...
Sergeant McGinnis (as Pat Moriarty)
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With the end of the North American Civil War, the manufacturers of repeating rifles find a profitable means of making money selling the weapons to the North American Indians, using the front man John Lattimer to sell the rifles to the Cheyenne. While traveling in a stagecoach with Calamity Jane and William "Buffalo Bill" Cody and his young wife Louisa Cody that want to settle down in Hays City managing a hotel, Wild Bill Hickok finds the guide Breezy wounded by arrows and telling that the Indians are attacking a fort using repeating rifles. Hickok meets Gen. George A. Custer that assigns Buffalo Bill to guide a troop with ammunition to help the fort. Meanwhile the Cheyenne kidnap Calamity Jane, forcing Hickok to expose himself to rescue her. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 November 1936 (USA)  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Goofs

According to the film, Custer's Last Stand and the establishment of the boom town of Deadwood occur shortly after the end of the Civil War in 1865. In actuality they happened 11 years later in 1876. See more »

Quotes

Wild Bill Hickok: [to Calamity Jane] Indians will sell anything. They might sell you!
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Remade as The Plainsman (1966) See more »

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Oh Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as background music in Deadwood City
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Why bother with research
9 March 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I still have the copy my parents gave me of Cecil B. DeMille's autobiography and he does go into some detail about the research done for his films. I'm wondering if Paramount decided to save money on the research for this one.

The action of this film takes place from the end of the Civil War until Wild Bill Hickok is shot dead in Deadwood which was 1876. Now that's eleven years that if you took this film literally is compressed to about three months. I found that a wee bit too much to swallow.

But DeMille knew how to fill the screen with some slam bang entertainment. The battle with the Cheyenne Indians is exciting, almost an early version of 3-D. I'm suspecting a lot is lost by only seeing it on television.

Gary Cooper is at his laconic yup and nope best, Jean Arthur is a fine Calamity Jane. The rest of the cast does well also. One tragic note is that Helen Burgess who plays the bride of Buffalo Bill died shortly after completing this film at the age of 19. I think a wonderful career was cut short.

Good entertainment, but any resemblance to western history is purely coincidental.


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