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Fighting Man of the Plains (1949)

Approved | | Western | 16 November 1949 (USA)
Former bandit Jim Dancer becomes marshal of a Kansas town and cleans up the criminal element - with the help of his old pal, Jesse James.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Frank Gruber (screenplay), Frank Gruber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Jim Dancer
Bill Williams ... Johnny Tancred
Victor Jory ... Dave Oldham
Jane Nigh ... Florence Peel
Douglas Kennedy ... Ken Vedder
Joan Taylor ... Evelyn Slocum
Berry Kroeger ... Cliff Bailey
Rhys Williams ... Chandler Leach
Barry Kelley ... Slocum
James Todd James Todd ... Hobson
Paul Fix ... Yancey
James Millican ... Cummings
Burk Symon Burk Symon ... Meeker
Dale Robertson ... Jesse James
Herbert Rawlinson ... Lawyer
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In August, 1863, Jim Dancer, searching for the killer of his brother, rides with Quantrell's raiders against Lawrence, Kansas. Yancey, one of the guerrillas most responsible for the band's bad name and reputation, accosts Evelyn Slocom. Yancey tell Dancer that Evelyn's father is the man who killed Dancer's brother, and Dancer takes revenge by killing him. But the man he is searching for is really the dead ma;s brother, Bert Slocum. When the Civil War ends in 1865, Dancer becomes a fugitive, hunted by Slocum and George Cummings, a detective for the Pleasanton Agency. Cummings finally catches Dancer, and it is only then that Dancer learns he killed the wrong man. While crossing the river on a makeshift ferry, Cummings is accidentally killed. When they are found, Dancer introduces himself as Cummings, saying the dead man was Jim Dancer. As Cummings, Dancer becomes a track-worker at Lanyard, Kansas. While the town is celebrating the arrival of the first cattle-drive herd from Texas, one ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHWN FIRE AND FURY TURNED THE WEST INTO A BULLET-SWEPT BATTLEGROUND!...THE STORY OF FIGHTING JIM DANCER, RENEGADE --- WHO BROUGHT LAW TO THE GREAT PLAINS (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Stadt der rauhen Männer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (re-release)| Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Joan Taylor, See more »

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Opening credits prologue:

The vast plains of the American West proved a barrier so formidable that the westward march of civilization faltered before it for more than a decade. Yet Civilization must move on and the Great Plains were finally conquered. This is the story of one of these builders of the West ... Jim Dancer, bad man, outlaw ..... Fighting man of the plains.

During the desperate days of the Civil War-August 21, 1863,- Quantrell's raid on Lawrence, Kansas.

The bloody war between the states finally came to an end, but on the border the hatreds had been too great. Men continued to ride and fight and die. The name of Quantrell was heard no more, but new names were whispered, names of men who had ridden with Quantrell and were now outlaws.

1868 ARCH CLEMENTS 1869 THE YOUNGER BROTHERS 1870 JESSE JAMES 1871 JIM DANCER 1872 - See more »

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Written by William Cool White
Arranged by Paul Sawtell
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Fast-moving very fine Western, with the grim and great Randolph Scott
25 May 2012 | by audiemurphSee all my reviews

This is a real humdinger of a western. The plot and dialogue move along quickly, with no time wasted on unlikely romance or saloon song. On the contrary, this tight little gem centers fully and solely on the great Randolph Scott. Here, Scott is at his lean, trim, handsomest best; the director senses this, and the film is noteworthy for featuring a number of lovely, soft, lingering close-ups of Randolph's grim face. To me, this is a wonderful touch and a delightful tribute to one the Westerns' greatest stars.

The co-stars are fine as well, but they definitely play second fiddle to Scott. One unexpected twist involves the town's "tinhorn" gambler, played by Victor Jory. Jory is the only member of the town to recognize Scott as a wanted outlaw, and is certainly in a position to blackmail him; however, in a quite unusual development, Jory chooses to befriend Scott, and remains his loyal friend to the end.

"Fighting Man on the Plains" is the perfect late-40's Western, a fully mature old-fashioned good-guys vs. bad-guys bit of adult theatre, a genre film crafted to its full potential; and it sets the stage nicely for the more psychologically complex Westerns of the 50's.

Highly recommended for lovers of Westerns.


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