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
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 »
This biopic looks back at the life of the legendary Buffalo Bill Cody. Given the subject, the fine cast, a veteran director, and the Technicolor cinematography, the film is a disappointment. The main failing appears to be the script, which is episodic and meandering. After focusing on Bill's frontier escapades, the latter part of the film dwells on his career as a showman, and this is where the film really bogs down. McCrea is believable, if a bit bland, in the title role. O'Hara is given little to do other than look lovely, which she manages quite well. Darnell is also little used as a spirited Indian. Mitchell, Buchanan, and Quinn round out the familiar cast.
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