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Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Romance | 16 November 1949 (USA)
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:
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Jim Dancer
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Johnny Tancred
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Dave Oldham
Jane Nigh ...
Florence Peel
Douglas Kennedy ...
Ken Vedder
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Evelyn Slocum
Berry Kroeger ...
Cliff Bailey
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Chandler Leach
Barry Kelley ...
James Todd ...
Hobson
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Yancey
James Millican ...
Cummings
Burk Symon ...
Meeker
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Herbert Rawlinson ...
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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>

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Fighting Mad - When Quantrell's Guerillas...and a renegade turned hero --- ravaged the Great Plains! (0riginal poster) See more »


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16 November 1949 (USA)  »

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Die Stadt der rauhen Männer  »

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

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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.

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

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This is one of my favorite Randolph Scott films partly because of the setting in the Civil War and cow town periods of Kansas' history and the plot which concerns a man's efforts to atone for his actions as
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Although I only saw this film once (when it was released 50 years ago), it is one of my favorite Randolph Scott westerns. The combination of a turbulent setting (Quantrill's murderous raid on Lawrenceville, Kansas, and post Civil War Kansas ) and the main character's efforts to atone for his wartime actions by keeping the peace in a violence prone Kansas cow town rank it even with or better than Scott's later films directed by the acclaimed director, Budd Boetticher.


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