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 »
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
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After Cummings uses the town marshal's pistol to kill the gunslinger, a townsman says to the banker, "People seem to want Cummings, Burt!" Burton Cummings (a.k.a. Burt Cummings) is a famous singer for the 1960s/1970s Canadian rock band The Guess Who, and was born two years before this movie was made. The filmmakers certainly didn't know of this future connection, but it's an interesting combination of names nonetheless. See more »
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 »
In Fighting Man of the Plains Randolph Scott is a former member of Quantrill's Raiders who kills Barry Kelley's brother during the Civil War and Kelley is hot to get him. He privately hires the Pleasanton (Pinkerton) Detective Agency to track him down. Pleasanton man James Millican does succeed in capturing Scott after several years.
But a funny thing happens on the way back. Millican gets himself killed and Scott takes his identity. As a Pleasanton Man with law enforcement experience and being fast on the draw in any event, he's a natural to bring some law and order to the new trail town of Lanyerd, Kansas. Of course Randy gets himself hip deep in the various political factions and even runs across his old enemy, Barry Kelley.
It's a rather complex situation, but the writers did come up with an interesting resolution of the plot for Randy. It does involve Scott having good friends in low places.
Fighting Man of the Plains was the first film where Dale Robertson got noticed and Dale plays real life Quantrill veteran Jesse James. You could tell that Dale was going to have a substantial career.
Best performance in the film however without a doubt is that of Bill Williams of young on the prod gunfighter in Kelley's employ. He proves a bit too much for Kelley to handle.
Victor Jory appeared in many post war Randolph Scott films usually as a bad guy. It was unusual to see him as Scott's friend in this film. I also enjoyed Rhys Williams as the moneygrubbing justice of the peace.
Fighting Man of the Plains is one of Randolph Scott's better post World War II westerns. Don't miss it if broadcast again.
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