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The Raiders (1963)

 -  Action | Drama | Western  -  December 1963 (USA)
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Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane help a Texas rancher against the railroad. , against the railroad.

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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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SEVEN MEN DETERMINED TO SAVE TEXAS...THEIR MISSION...WIN OR DIE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane..Give me a break.
20 March 2000 | by (Gloucester, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this film for the first time on TV. It starts out OK but later turns into a joke.

The first part of the movie deals with the Brian Keith character's fight to help Texas recover following the Civil War. This includes battling with the carpet baggers and organizing the ranchers to move their cattle to the nearest railhead, which happens to be in Kansas. The drive fails so Keith decides to go to Kansas to persuade the railroad to run a line into Texas.

Fine up to this point, but then the picture turns ludicrous. Along comes Wild Bill Hickok (a woefully miscast Robert Culp), Young Buffalo Bill (Jim McMullen) and Calamity Jane (Judi Meredith). Why these characters were introduced into the story is beyond me. They add nothing and serve as not much more than comic relief. The Plainsman (1936) explored this concept much better.

The conflict between Keith and the army (led by an effective Albert Ryder), could have been developed without the aforementioned three characters. Good character actors like Warner Anderson, Harry Carey Jr., Richard Deacon and Trevor Bardette are wasted. Possibly some of their scenes were cut as the film only runs 75 minutes.

They should have built the story around the opening scenes. That would have resulted in a much better movie.


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