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Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Approved | | Western | 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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Johnny Tancred
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Dave Oldham
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Florence Peel
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Ken Vedder
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Evelyn Slocum
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Cliff Bailey
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Chandler Leach
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James Todd ...
Hobson
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Yancey
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Cummings
Burk Symon ...
Meeker
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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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Where rail and trail ended --- THE SAGE OF QUANTRELL'S GUERILLAS BEGAN! (original 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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James Millican plays a private detective who arrests Randolph Scott, who is playing a former member of Quantrell's Raiders. In The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953), Millican plays Quantrill and once again, Scott plays one of his former Raiders. 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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McLeod's Reel
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For men who want to be men and women who are lost without one
26 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

If doing the right thing were easy, we would not need the movies. Nor would we need writers so brilliant as to think of telling the truth. As this movie shows so well, we all lie and we all tell the truth; the difference between right and wrong is not so much what we do but when we choose to do it.

When a crook tells a lie and it is still somehow the truth, we are amazed. When a stalwart citizen tells the truth and it is still somehow a lie, we are even more amazed and still somehow not surprised. Why is that? Probably because we are, if you will excuse the expression, Americans. We believe in truth but we know the truth is often a lie. We believe in nothing except justice even when it is illegal. We have no way to explain that; we just know we have no choice. Our only real problem is that we continually need to be reminded. Watch crook Randolph Scott become a lawman, better than the best, and you will be reminded.


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