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The Jayhawkers! (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 October 1959 (USA)
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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Cam Bleeker
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Jeanne Dubois
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Lordan
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Gov. William Clayton
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Evans
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China
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Jake Barton
Shari Lee Bernath ...
Marthe DuBois
Jimmy Carter ...
Paul DuBois
Renata Vanni ...
Indian Woman
Berel Firestone ...
Jayhawker
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Jayhawker (as Allan Wyatt)
Charles Bail ...
Jayhawker
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Storekeeper
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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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These Were the Wild-Riding Vikings of the Great Plains! See more »

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Romance | Western

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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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Trivia

William Holden turned down the Fess Parker role. See more »

Goofs

Topeka is referred to as the Capitol of Kansas, during the time period depicted in the film, prior to the Civil War, the capitol of the Kansas Territory was actually Lecompton. See more »

Quotes

Luke Darcy: I've got what I want. I've got Kansas.
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Love it!
20 May 2003 | by (Yukon, OK) – See all my reviews

A fun to watch western containing Fess Parker's best performance, the show is stolen by Jeff Chandler's performance as the baddie you hate to see taken down. However, as outstanding as Chandler is, the real star of the film is Jerome Moross' pulse-pounding score, which predates his legendary music for THE BIG COUNTRY. It's every bit as good, if not better. Henry Silva is (of course) scuzzy as a hired gun.

Catch it. Any western fan won't regret it.


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