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The Plainsman (1966)

Calamity Jane tries to help Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock stop an Indian war.

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Calamity Jane tries to help Buffalo Bill Cody and Wild Bill Hickock stop an Indian war.

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When the land needed law... When the West needed taming... When adventure needed a giant... They sent for the Plainsman!

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August 1966 (USA)  »

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1000 Gewehre für Golden Hill  »

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At one stage, this was envisaged as a Steve Mcqueen and Sophia Loren starring vehicle. See more »

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Wild Bill Hickok: I ought to notch your ears for you. A man like you ought to be marked.
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Remake of The Plainsman (1936) See more »

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Bland Bill Hickok meets Irritating Jane
16 August 2006 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This is a road-company version of the Cecil B. deMille original, utilizing second-string actors and borrowing footage and plot elements from a number of earlier movies. You can't really call it bad because it aspires to be nothing more than one of those forgettable time-killers you might half-way watch on an in-flight movie.

Abby Dalton overplays her role as Calamity Jane and a mis-cast Don Murray (still boyish at age 37) lacks the frontier edge you'd expect to find in Wild Bill Hickok. He does have a fresh-from-the-bath scene in which he wears nothing but a towel -- a scene which sparks pleasant memories of a similar moment he played in 1956's "Bus Stop." Even after ten additional years Murray still looks fit enough to carry off a "beefcake" scene but one can't help noting that his pecs have gotten a lot hairier with the passage of time. And does he have to wear that towel so high that it covers up his navel?

Later in the movie Murray falls into the hands of Indians who proceed to torture him in the hopes of forcing information from him. They hang him by his wrists over a fire-pit but, curiously, they leave all his clothes on -- even his neckerchief! -- with his shirt-tail neatly tucked into his pants and his boots still on. This awfully-polite torture scene cries out for a big helping of sweaty "beefcake" and since Murray proved he still looks good with his shirt off, one questions the decision not to use his physique in this scene for visual appeal. Did someone decide that since Murray had taken off his shirt earlier in the movie, he couldn't do it again?

Leslie Nielsen pops up toward the end as General Custer. He's burdened by a laughable hair-do and beard and looks uncomfortably like the American history teacher who's been pressed into service in the high school play when Billy Bob called in sick.


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