Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane help a Texas rancher against the railroad. , against the railroad.

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Tom King
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Jellicoe
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A group of seven West Texas ranchers, poverty-stricken by the just-concluded war-between-the-states, headed by John G. McElroy (Brian Keith'), a former colonel in the Confederate army, attempt to drive their cattle herds from Texas to the rail-head at Hays City, Kansas. They encounter trouble at the borders of the Six Nations Indian country in the Territory of Oklahoma. Convinced that they must have an extension of the rail-line into Texas, they continue to Hays City to demand it. The manager of the Kansas & Pacific Railroad is behind schedule in building tracks to Puueblo, Colorado and refuses to do anything for the Texans. The irritated Texans start a war of attrition against the railroad which bring them into conflict with Wild Bill Hickok (Robert Culp) and "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Jim McMillan), who are employed by both the railroad and the U.S.Army, and "Calamity Jane" Canary, who has an equipment-freighting contract for the railroad's construction work. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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December 1963 (USA)  »

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Budget western with an unsuccessful gimmick...
5 February 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

In the tension-filled post-Civil War years, a former Confederate General-turned-Texas rancher is desperate for the Army and the railroad to lay their tracks south to help his economically-bedraggled state, aided and abetted in his mission by old friend 'Wild Bill' Hickok, a sympathetic 'Buffalo Bill' Cody, and a whip-wiedling, flame-haired Calamity Jane. Universal western mixes outdoor locations and backlot scenes with stock shots and a multitude of close-ups (which often don't match the long-shots), not unlike the popular television westerns of the era. Too-modern overall, with laughable scenes such as when Cody advises Jane to wear some makeup once in a while to attract men (she's already sporting more makeup--including lipstick and false eyelashes--than most saloon girls). Brian Keith has to play the lead as both goodhearted family man and guerrilla fighter on horseback, which is an intriguing combination that the filmmakers just fritter away. *1/2 from ****


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