Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

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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.



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


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 <>

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RENEGADE of the LAW...then he became MARSHAL of the GREAT PLAINS (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

16 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt der rauhen Männer  »

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1.37 : 1
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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.



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16 September 2004 | by (Washington, D.C.) – See all my reviews

I was just 6 years old when I saw "Fighting Man of the Plains" parents took me and my sisters to a drive-in movie in Indianapolis, Indiana. We used to go to the drive-in about once a month, because it was the best way for a young family to get a night out. What I remember most about the film is that rather early-on Randolph Scott is under arrest, and he and the lawman are taking a small raft-like ferry across some water, when a horse rears-up and its hoof smashes the lawman in the face. The movie was in color, and the close-up of the bloody face was mesmerizing. Randolph Scott then assumed the lawman's identity and went on to bring law and order to a lawless Kansas town. I grew-up to become a successful television news anchor/reporter and video producer...but I would love to see "Fighting Man of the Plains" again. It was a seminal moment in my childhood, and forever marked Randolph Scott...and some of my favorite movie fare.

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