The Jayhawkers! (1959)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  15 October 1959 (USA)
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Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cam Bleeker
Nicole Maurey ...
Jeanne Dubois
Herbert Rudley ...
Gov. William Clayton
Don Megowan ...
Leo Gordon ...
Jake Barton
Shari Lee Bernath ...
Marthe DuBois
Jimmy Carter ...
Paul DuBois
Renata Vanni ...
Indian Woman
Berel Firestone ...
Al Wyatt Sr. ...
Jayhawker (as Allan Wyatt)
Charles Bail ...


Shortly before the start of the American Civil War rebel Kansas leader Luke Darcy dreams of a new independent Republic of Kansas. His vigilante group is called The Jayhawkers and their mission is to end slavery by force. However, Darcy uses The Jayhawkers for his own bid for absolute control of Kansas. Darcy's actions do not sit well with the military governor of Kansas, William Clayton, who wants Darcy captured and brought to justice. For this purpose the governor hires an ex-renegade rebel, Cam Bleeker, to join Darcy's group and capture their leader. Bleeker has a personal reason for wanting to see Darcy hanged. Darcy was responsible for Bleeker wife's death while Bleeker was in prison. Written by nufs68

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Against the background of a turbulent era when Civil War was a flaming cloud on history's horizon . . A TREMENDOUS MOTION PICTURE! See more »




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Release Date:

15 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Der Herrscher von Kansas  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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One of the tunes played on the guitar in this movie is the theme song from the contemporary TV show "Maverick". See more »


Luke Darcy: I've got what I want. I've got Kansas.
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Good movie, great score
15 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's been a while since I saw this movie, but I remember being impressed with the performances of both Fess Parker and Jeff Chandler.

The other person who commented on this movie implied the Chandler character murdered Parker's wife. I don't think that's correct. He just dumped her and she killed herself, or some sort of indirect thing like that.

I've since heard part of the movie score on a soundtrack CD showcasing the music of Jerome Moross. Wow! No wonder I liked the movie, the score is really great with a driving main theme. Look for a CD called "The Cardinal - Classic Film Scores of Jerome Moross". There is 16 minutes of music from "The Jayhawkers".

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