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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

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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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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Joan Taylor, 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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Great script in b/w western
17 September 2001 | by (Solvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Fighting Man of the Plains takes place after the American civil war, about 1870 and forward. It's a great story starring the one and only Randolph Scott plus other actors and actresses that I have never heard of before.

It's strange to watch a movie like this and know that most, maybe even all, of the participating are dead. I mean this film was made in 1949, more than 50 years ago, and you got so attached to the characters as well as the actors. I don't watch old films like this usually otherwise, but it's strange reckoning.

Nevertheless Randolph Scott is as always incredibly handsome and an up standing gentleman in his roles but has a bit of a different role in this flick. He plays a murderer (revenged his brother's death but on the wrong brother). There's a lot of gun fighting and fist fights impressing the girls at the saloon. So it's a real western movie!

I don't know if it's available in color? I watched it in black/white but that didn't matter. It was real good anyway and I liked it.


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