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Kansas Raiders (1950)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  15 November 1950 (USA)
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Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

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Marguerite Chapman ...
Kate Clarke
Scott Brady ...
Bill Anderson
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Kit Dalton
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Union Captain
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John Kellogg ...
Red Leg leader
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George Chandler ...
Willie
Charles Delaney ...
Pell
Richard Egan ...
First Lieutenant
David Wolfe ...
Rudolph Tate (as Dave Wolfe)
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Audie Murphy plays a young Jesse James falling under the Svengali-like spell of the outlaw William Quantrill, played by Brian Donlevy. Jesse and his youthful gang join the rebels to avenge the death of his parents only to become disillusioned with the senseless violence and looting of innocent civilians. Goaded by Quantrill's girl to leave, Jesse vacillates until the Yankess close in. Quantrill forces Jesse to leave and faces the Yankess gunfire alone. Jesse rides off with his gang and the rest is history. Written by Rita Richardson <RRichar790@aol.com>

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THE FURIOUS, FIGHTING STORY OF QUANTRILL'S GUERILLAS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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15 November 1950 (USA)  »

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Reiter ohne Gnade  »

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William Clarke Quantrill: There are some things a woman simply cannot understand.
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Very good, forgotten western.
20 March 2005 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Audie is Jesse James. Jesse and Frank, Cole and Jim Younger (where is Bob?) plus Tony Curtis as Kit Dalton are looking for Quantrill to join his guerrilla fighters. On the way they stop in Lawrence, Kansas where they are almost hanged by the red-legs. When they finally join Quantrill, Jesse gets involved in a "handkerchief" fight where each man has to hold on his mouth a part of the handkerchief, while they fight with "Bowie" knives. It is one of the best moments of the film. Does it remind you of something? Walter Hill used the same type of fight in "The Long Riders" this time Cole Younger and Sam Starr where fighting, it was also the best part of that film. As Jesse goes into raids, he starts seeing that they are killing civilians and looting. That is not his idea of war, so he gets in conflict with Quantrill. He also falls in love with Quantrill's wife. In a hypothetical film trilogy about Jesse James, this would be part 1, The Long Riders, part 2 and the Return of Frank James, part 3. Waiting urgently for a DVD because it is an interesting and entertaining film.


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