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Buffalo Bill (1944)

 -  Biography | Western  -  April 1944 (USA)
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The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.

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Louisa Frederici Cody
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Dawn Starlight
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Sgt. Chips McGraw
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Sen. Frederici
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Murdo Carvell
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Gen. Blazier
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Mr. Schyler Vandervere
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Sherman - Shooting Gallery Owner
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A fictionalized account of the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. A hunter and Army Scout in the early part of his life, he rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians and is a good friend of Yellow Hand who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Everyone else, including the military, politicians and businessmen on the other hand hate the Indians and are perfectly prepared to trample on their lands and destroy their buffalo hunting grounds. He's eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne however. He's also met a writer, Ned Buntline, who writes about Cody's exploits and he becomes a sensation when he travels East. His career is not assured however, particularly when he attacks those in positions of authority over their maltreatment of the Native American population. He eventually establishes his wild west show that becomes an international sensation. Written by garykmcd

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Biography | Western

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April 1944 (USA)  »

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Aventuras de Buffalo Bill  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Early production charts had Vincent Price in the role of "Murdo Carvell," but he was replaced by Frank Fenton when the role was severely cut. Many of the uncredited cast had more lines and screen time than Fenton, who was credited on screen. See more »

Goofs

After Kit Carson Cody dies (in 1876) the attending doctor describes diphtheria as being caused by "a germ in the water system and sewerage." However, the first recorded instance of this disease being linked to unclean drinking wells was first published in the British Medical Journal in 1880. In the 1870s, in the USA, the real cause of the disease was still unknown. See more »

Quotes

Louisa Frederici Cody: Who are you?
[the woman turns around]
Louisa Frederici Cody: An Indian! What do you mean by breaking into my room and stealing my clothes?
Dawn Starlight: I-I didn't come here to steal
Louisa Frederici Cody: Maybe you Indians have different word for it, but that my dress you have on
Dawn Starlight: I tell you I didn't come here to steal
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Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
In the score for Bill's farewell speech at the end
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"The red man and whiskey don't mix, ma'am."
23 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Biopic of legendary frontiersman Buffalo Bill Cody, ably played by Joel McCrea. He fights with and for Native Americans. The two women in his life are senator's daughter Maureen O'Hara and Cheyenne schoolteacher Linda Darnell. O'Hara gets the guy but Darnell is radiant in Technicolor. Her character's name is Dawn Starlight, which is possibly my favorite name ever. The rest of the cast is solid, with Thomas Mitchell, Edgar Buchanan, and Anthony Quinn offering fine support. There's more fiction than fact here, as is usually the case with Hollywood biopics. It's pleasant, straightforward storytelling. Good but never quite as good as you hoped it would be.


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