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The Kansan (1943)

Approved | | Western | 10 September 1943 (USA)
Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that he's been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town ... See full summary »

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Harold Shumate (screenplay), Frank Gruber (from the story "Peace Marshal")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... John Bonniwell
Jane Wyatt ... Eleanor Sager
Albert Dekker ... Steve Barat
Eugene Pallette ... Tom Waggoner
Victor Jory ... Jeff Barat
Robert Armstrong ... Malachy
Beryl Wallace ... Soubrette
Clem Bevans ... Bridge-Tender
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Josh Hudkins
Francis McDonald ... Gil Hatton
Willie Best ... Bones
Douglas Fowley ... Ben Nash
Rod Cameron ... Kelso
Eddy Waller ... Ed Gilbert
Ray Bennett ... Messenger (as Raphael Bennett)
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Storyline

Wounded while stopping the James gang from robbing the local bank, a cowboy wakes up in the hospital to find that he's been elected town marshal. He soon comes into conflict with the town banker, who controls everything in town and is squeezing the townspeople for every penny he can get out of them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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SMASHING FISTS AND CRASHING BULLETS...OF DESPERATE MEN IN LOVE! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet John Bonniwell See more »

Filming Locations:

Kernville, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild films originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for US television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 2 April 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 7 May 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City Saturday 17 June 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Phoenix Sunday 9 July 1950 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Albuquerque Tuesday 25 July 1950 on KOB (Channel 4), in Cleveland Sunday 30 July 1950 on WXEL (Channel 9), Chicago Monday 21 August 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Atlanta Thursday 24 August 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in Philadelphia Saturday 2 September 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Cincinnati Saturday 9 September 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), in Pittsburgh Thursday 14 September 1950 on WDTV (Channel 3), in San Francisco Saturday 30 September 1950 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Boston Sunday 8 October 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), See more »

Quotes

Josh Hudkins: [to Bonniwell] Marshal, I'm the mayor here. Aren't you overstepping your authority?
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Lullaby of the Herd
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Above Average Western with Wide Open Action and a Good Cast
19 June 2015 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Wild Pacing with a lot of Western Movie Ingredients Paraded out for WWII Movie Audiences. Explosives, Gun Battles with many Shooters On both sides, a Sprawling Saloon Brawl that is a Stuntman's Showcase, Cattle Stampede, and more Outlandish Outdoor Shenanigans.

The Wartime Audiences sure got Their Money's Worth with this one. An Aging Richard Dix Shows Heroics, Honor, and Precise Marksmanship, although He is Nicked by incoming Bullets at least Five Times. Albert Dekker is a Dandy Villain and Victor Jory is on hand as an Ambiguous Mysterious Player in all the doings. It's Never Certain where He Stands and that Adds a bit of Intrigue.

Jane Wyatt just Sparkles on screen and is Cute. Overall, a Rousing, Never Boring, Wide Open Western that is Entertaining. Willie Best will Certainly get Noticed as a Racial Stereotype and Comedy Relief, but is shown Respect by the "Good Guys".

Note...There is a Propaganda insertion ("When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again") as WWII was raging on, to boost morale. A musical number that was popular during the Civil War it is here delivered by leggy George Cohan types.

Note 2…The Print shown on TCM in 2015 was washed out and pretty shoddy. One assumes it is the best available. There is no contrast and it has a white-washed look. If it is the best out there, Film-Restorists-Archivists should be on the look out for better source material.


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