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Raymond Massey had previously played abolitionist John Brown in Santa Fe Trail (1940).
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Co-star Dennis Weaver played the character of Chester for nine seasons on the CBS series Gunsmoke.
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Jeffrey Hunter played Martin Pauly co-starring with John Wayne in The Searchers.
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Raymond Massey 's film career spanned more than forty years. He not only played John Brown twice, but also played Abraham Lincoln twice.
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Clips from this movie were used in a documentary tv series on the Civil War made in the late 2010s.
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After John Brown's death John Brown, Jr., had an officer's commission in a New York infantry regiment, but his fellow officers did not accept him. He late moved to Portland, Oregon and had a son, also named John Brown, who had a dental practice in Portland.
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Leo Gordon had a reoccurring role on the tv series Maverick, as Big Mike McCone.
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Filmed in California, since Kansas has no hills like those shown in background shots. Train scenes were probably filmed at Jamestown, in the California Gold Country.
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The actual John Brown had twenty children by his first wife, who died after delivering one of the children, and his second wife, who married him at the age sixteen.
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Brown's life in Kansas and the Harpers Ferry raid have gotten the Hollywood treatment. The two men killed in Kansas were killed in a night attack and hacked to death by sword
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Debra Paget looks great, but her hairstyle is not period authentic.
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The fight between the Abolitionists and the Border Ruffians had the Abolitionists using what appeared to be either pattern 1853 Enfields, or 1861 Springfields. In reality the Abolitionists preferred Sharps rifles, smuggled through in crates labeled "Bibles". They therefore got the nickname Beacher' s Bibles, named after abolitionist Henry Ward Beacher.
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The first person found by Brown's men at Harpers Ferry was, indeed a freedman, but they shot and killed him as he warned an approaching train.
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Col. Robert E. Lee was given two dozen U.S. marines to capture the armory, not soldiers,as depicted, and Lt. J.E.B. Stuart did not wear a Civil War style army uniform, but a dragoon uniform.
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When Brown was hanged there was actually a huge crowd in attendance, not just the soldiers detailed for the duty. Stonewall Jackson, then in charge of a contingent of VMI cadets, was present, as was John Wilkes Boothe.
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