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Buffalo Bill (1944)

Approved | | Biography, Romance, Western | April 1944 (USA)
The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay) (as Aeneas MacKenzie), Clements Ripley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Maureen O'Hara ... Louisa Frederici Cody
Linda Darnell ... Dawn Starlight
Thomas Mitchell ... Ned Buntline
Edgar Buchanan ... Sgt. Chips McGraw
Anthony Quinn ... Chief Yellow Hand
Moroni Olsen ... Sen. Frederici
Frank Fenton ... Murdo Carvell
Matt Briggs ... Gen. Blazier
George Lessey ... Mr. Schyler Vandervere
Frank Orth ... Sherman - Shooting Gallery Owner
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Storyline

A fictionalized account of the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. A hunter and Army Scout in the early part of his life, he rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians and is a good friend of Yellow Hand who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Everyone else, including the military, politicians and businessmen on the other hand hate the Indians and are perfectly prepared to trample on their lands and destroy their buffalo hunting grounds. He's eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne however. He's also met a writer, Ned Buntline, who writes about Cody's exploits and he becomes a sensation when he travels East. His career is not assured however, particularly when he attacks those in positions of authority over their maltreatment of the Native American population. He eventually establishes his wild west show that becomes an international sensation. Written by garykmcd

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His adventure made him a hero.His showmanship made him a legend.


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de Buffalo Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

House Rock Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Sgt. Chips is delivering mail at the beginning of the film, one of the mailboxes he delivers to is labeled "2nd Lt. A. MacKenzie". Æneas MacKenzie was one of the film's writers. See more »

Goofs

After Kit Carson Cody dies (in 1876) the attending doctor describes diphtheria as being caused by "a germ in the water system and sewerage." However, the first recorded instance of this disease being linked to unclean drinking wells was first published in the British Medical Journal in 1880. In the 1870s, in the USA, the real cause of the disease was still unknown. See more »

Quotes

Ned Buntline: You know the Indian, Cody, don't you?
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: Nobody knows the Indian. I've had to fight them since I was fourteen. Pony Express, stage driver, scouting. Indians never do what you'd expect.
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Soundtracks

America, My Country Tis of Thee
(1832) (uncredited)
Music by Lowell Mason, based on the
Music by Henry Carey in "God Save the King" (1744)
Lyrics by Samuel Francis Smith (1832)
In the score when the U.S. Capitol Building is shown
Played also for a British royalty scene
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Very dated but has its moments
30 July 2004 | by frankfobSee all my reviews

Big, splashy spectacle benefits from absolutely beautiful photography and a truly outstanding finale that has hundreds of cavalrymen and Indians battling in the middle of a river. Joel McCrea's performance is okay--overacting is something he was never accused of--and Maureen O'Hara tries hard but is miscast (not, however, as badly as Linda Darnell, who is breathtaking to look at but totally wasted as an Indian maiden). The script takes liberties with the facts, which is to be expected, but its point of view is quite a bit more sympathetic to the Indians' plight than that of most westerns of the period. Overall it doesn't hold up all that well, but if you've never seen it it's worth a look.


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