MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 29,986 this week

Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Passed  -  Action | Adventure | Romance  -  16 November 1949 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 257 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 1 critic

Former bandit Jim Dancer becomes marshal of a Kansas town and cleans up the criminal element - with the help of his old pal, Jesse James.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

R.I.P. Dale Robertson
| Deadline TV

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 62 titles
created 18 Feb 2012
 
a list of 2435 titles
created 13 Jan 2013
 
a list of 1691 titles
created 02 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 41 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Fighting Man of the Plains (1949) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fighting Man of the Plains.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ramrod (1947)
Certificate: Passed Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cattle-vs.-sheepman feud loses Connie Dickason her fiance, but gains her his ranch, which she determines to run alone in opposition to Frank Ivey, "boss" of the valley, whom her father ... See full summary »

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Don DeFore
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A small farmer and rancher is being harassed by his mighty and powerfull neighbour. When the neighbour even hires gunmen to intimidate him he has to defend himself and his property by means... See full summary »

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew
Trail Street (1947)
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bat Masterson's old friend Billy Burns convinces him to become marshal of Liberal, Kansas and help the residents fight drought and a destructive range war.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys
Coroner Creek (1948)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man is bent on taking revenge on those responsible for his fiance's death.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Marguerite Chapman, George Macready
Billy the Kid (1941)
Biography | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Billy Bonney is a hot-headed gunslinger who narrowly skirts a life of crime by being befriended and hired by a peaceful rancher, Eric Keating. When Keating is killed, Billy seeks revenge on... See full summary »

Directors: David Miller, Frank Borzage
Stars: Robert Taylor, Brian Donlevy, Ian Hunter
Santa Fe (1951)
Certificate: Passed Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After their service in the Civil War, four brothers go their separate ways, but later find themselves on opposite sides of a final showdown.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland
Albuquerque (1948)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Abilene Town (1946)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Sheriff tries to stop homesteader conflicts in the West after the Civil War.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ann Dvorak, Edgar Buchanan
Colt .45 (1950)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gun salesman Steve Farrell gets two of his new Colt .45 pistols stolen from him by ruthless killer Jason Brett but vows to recover them.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Randolph Scott, Ruth Roman, Zachary Scott
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that its not for him and tries to change his life.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Claire Trevor, Joan Weldon
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely lead to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men when they attack a Union Army wagon train.

Director: Roy Huggins
Stars: Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr.
Fort Bowie (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Fort Bowie commander Colonel Garrett, suspecting that his wife Alison is having an affair with good-looking Captain Thompson, sends him on a dangerous mission to try to persuade renegade ... See full summary »

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Ben Johnson, Jan Harrison, Kent Taylor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jim Dancer
Bill Williams ...
Johnny Tancred
...
Dave Oldham
Jane Nigh ...
Florence Peel
Douglas Kennedy ...
Ken Vedder
...
Evelyn Slocum
Berry Kroeger ...
Cliff Bailey
...
Chandler Leach
Barry Kelley ...
Slocum
James Todd ...
Hobson
...
Yancey
James Millican ...
Cummings
Burk Symon ...
Meeker
...
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Lawyer
Edit

Storyline

In August, 1863, Jim Dancer, searching for the killer of his brother, rides with Quantrell's raiders against Lawrence, Kansas. Yancey, one of the guerrillas most responsible for the band's bad name and reputation, accosts Evelyn Slocom. Yancey tell Dancer that Evelyn's father is the man who killed Dancer's brother, and Dancer takes revenge by killing him. But the man he is searching for is really the dead ma;s brother, Bert Slocum. When the Civil War ends in 1865, Dancer becomes a fugitive, hunted by Slocum and George Cummings, a detective for the Pleasanton Agency. Cummings finally catches Dancer, and it is only then that Dancer learns he killed the wrong man. While crossing the river on a makeshift ferry, Cummings is accidentally killed. When they are found, Dancer introduces himself as Cummings, saying the dead man was Jim Dancer. As Cummings, Dancer becomes a track-worker at Lanyard, Kansas. While the town is celebrating the arrival of the first cattle-drive herd from Texas, one ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

WHWN FIRE AND FURY TURNED THE WEST INTO A BULLET-SWEPT BATTLEGROUND!...THE STORY OF FIGHTING JIM DANCER, RENEGADE --- WHO BROUGHT LAW TO THE GREAT PLAINS (original poster - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt der rauhen Männer  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Color:

(re-release)| (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Rerelease prints were struck in black-and-white. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue:

The vast plains of the American West proved a barrier so formidable that the westward march of civilization faltered before it for more than a decade. Yet Civilization must move on and the Great Plains were finally conquered. This is the story of one of these builders of the West ... Jim Dancer, bad man, outlaw ..... Fighting man of the plains.

During the desperate days of the Civil War-August 21, 1863,-Quantrell's raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

The bloody war between the states finally came to an end, but on the border the hatreds had been too great. Men continued to ride and fight and die. The name of Quantrell was heard no more, but new names were whispered, names of men who had ridden with Quantrell and were now outlaws.

1868 ARCH CLEMENTS 1869 THE YOUNGER BROTHERS 1870 JESSE JAMES 1871 JIM DANCER 1872 - See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Betsy from Pike
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Paul Sawtell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Solid script propels fast-paced Randolph Scott western
22 November 2010 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

Renowned western novelist Frank Gruber wrote the script of FIGHTING MAN OF THE PLAINS (1949) based on his own book. It tells the story of Jim Dancer (Randolph Scott), a fugitive outlaw who'd been part of Captain William Quantrill's infamous raid on Lawrence, Kansas on August 21, 1863. Dancer is apprehended by a "Pleasanton" (read: Pinkerton) detective who is then killed in an accident, allowing Dancer to take his identity and wind up in Lanyard, Kansas, where he's pressured into taking the job of Marshal after fearlessly subduing some rowdy cowboys. It's a fairly corrupt town, but the new Marshal does a good job of keeping the peace and gets aid from some unexpected quarters at the local gambling hall.

The script is awash in simmering undercurrents, including the fact that the man who owns the town, Slocum (Barry Kelley), had killed Dancer's brother during the war, and Dancer had killed Slocum's brother in response during the Lawrence raid. Slocum's niece (Joan Taylor), who'd witnessed the killing of her father a decade earlier, lives with her uncle but fails to recognize Dancer as the culprit and begins to fall for him. Meanwhile the gambling saloon owner, Oldham (Victor Jory), finds his voluptuous partner, Florence (Jane Nigh), falling for Dancer as well. Eventually, Slocum alienates both the local cattlemen and the railroad company through his efforts to control all the land around town and a showdown is inevitable. At one point, a detective from Chicago shows up, summoned by the suspicious Slocum, to see if "Marshal Cummings" (Dancer's new identity), is indeed his old detective buddy. To make matters worse, Slocum's got cocky young gunslinger Johnny Tancred (Bill Williams) in his pocket, ready to take over when the tide turns. Dancer has his own ace in the hole, however, thanks to his old wartime associations. The finale offers a clear violation of the Production Code, but I can see where the blurred lines between good and bad, lawman and lawbreaker, "respectable" and disreputable could have easily confused the censors.

Lots of stuff happens in the movie and the cast of characters is quite colorful. Things never slow down and surprises come at us pretty quickly. I had a great time watching this. I never felt it getting too far-fetched for me. The cast includes plenty of old hands at this kind of thing (Scott, Jory, Paul Fix, Douglas Kennedy) and a few new hands (Taylor, Nigh, Williams) and they're all good. Jory is particularly awesome. He comes off initially as his patented oily gambler, but he proudly defies our expectations. Future western star Dale Robertson appears as Jesse James in his first credited role. He has only two scenes—one good one and one great one. Film noir regulars Barry Kelley and Berry Kroeger are both on hand, one as a bad guy and one who'll surprise you.

I watched this on TCM, which showed a black-and-white print of a Cinecolor film. I hope someone finds a color print and releases it on DVD.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Fighting Man of the Plains (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?