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Buffalo Bill (1944)

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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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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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His adventure made him a hero.His showmanship made him a legend.


Biography | Western


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Release Date:

April 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de Buffalo Bill  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Much of Cody's life as depicted in the film was true: He did fight to the death with Chief Yellow Hand and he did receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (although it was rescinded in 1917 because he was not in the army); his son, Kit Carson Cody, did die (but of scarlet fever, not diphtheria); his wife (not the daughter of a senator) had three other children. See more »


When Bill receives the letter regarding his son's illness the letter is dated the 20th of Aug. and after that date he receives an invitation for an event dated Aug. 15. See more »


William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: What killed my son?
Doctor: Diptheria.
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: What's that?
Doctor: A germ.
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: Where does it come from?
Doctor: Water systems... and sewage. It's a crowd disease. A disease of civilization.
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Edited from Western Union (1941) See more »


America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the
Music by Henry Carey in "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score when the U.S. Capitol Building is shown
Played also for a British royalty scene
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The dark side of civilization.
15 February 2004 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

When this film was made, people were still in love with cars, freeways and bringing progress to the west. So it was quite an achievement to bring to the screen a divided hero, who from one side admired the Indian way of life, and who understood that the killing of the buffaloes would bring misery to the natives, but at the same time arranged buffalo hunts for people of the east, and as a scout helped the army fight the Indians. When he goes east and see stories written about him by Ned Buntline we know that it is impossible for him (as for any human being) to live up to them, and he is bound to end up in ridicule. People nowadays are more ecology conscious and that makes this film more meaningful than in 1944. The first part of the film shows the west and the war with the Indians with excellent battle scenes and great color. Maureen O'Hara is more beautiful than in any other film I've seen her and so is Linda Darnell. The second part is when Buffalo Bill goes east, and that is when the film is at its best.

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