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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15 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Der Herrscher von Kansas  »

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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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Western that has Kansas as the prize in period just prior to the Civil War
1 August 2001 | by (Front Royal, VA) – See all my reviews

"The Jayhawkers" was released in 1959 and starred Jeff Chandler as an ambitious person eager to control pre-War Kansas, and Fess Parker has to try and stop him in his scheme. Reason: Parker, as Cam Beeker, had broken out of a federal prison to try and come back to his wife, and his ranch in Kansas. He finds that his wife has died, and the ranch has been sold to a family, headed by French actress Nicole Maurey. He also learns that Luke Darcy, played by Chandler, was the reason behind his wife's death and the ranch being lost. Beeker becomes a member of the gang in order to win his pardon from the territorial governor of Kansas. Upon joining the gang of raiders calling themselves the Jayhawkers, he starts to accept the ambition of Darcy, because the man seems intent on bringing peace to the territory, but under his rule. The viewer of this watchable western will be asking which way Parker's character will finally go; either turn Darcy over to the governor, or become part of the plan to control the territory. A good 7/10

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