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The Jayhawkers! (1959)

Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.

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Melvin Frank
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Chandler ... Luke Darcy
Fess Parker ... Cam Bleeker
Nicole Maurey ... Jeanne Dubois
Henry Silva ... Lordan
Herbert Rudley ... Gov. William Clayton
Frank DeKova ... Evans
Don Megowan ... China
Leo Gordon ... Jake Barton
Shari Lee Bernath Shari Lee Bernath ... Marthe DuBois
Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter ... Paul DuBois
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Indian Woman
Berel Firestone Berel Firestone ... Jayhawker
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Jayhawker (as Allan Wyatt)
Charles Bail Charles Bail ... Jayhawker
Ned Glass ... Storekeeper
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Shortly before the start of the American Civil War rebel Kansas leader Luke Darcy dreams of a new independent Republic of Kansas. His vigilante group is called The Jayhawkers and their mission is to end slavery by force. However, Darcy uses The Jayhawkers for his own bid for absolute control of Kansas. Darcy's actions do not sit well with the military governor of Kansas, William Clayton, who wants Darcy captured and brought to justice. For this purpose the governor hires an ex-renegade rebel, Cam Bleeker, to join Darcy's group and capture their leader. Bleeker has a personal reason for wanting to see Darcy hanged. Darcy was responsible for Bleeker wife's death while Bleeker was in prison. Written by nufs68

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These Were the Wild-Riding Vikings of the Great Plains! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Herrscher von Kansas See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The theme for TV's Wagon Train (1957) was taken directly from the Jerome Moross score of this film when Moross worked on the western series. See more »

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Topeka is referred to as the Capitol of Kansas, during the time period depicted in the film, prior to the Civil War, the capitol of the Kansas Territory was actually Lecompton. See more »

Quotes

Luke Darcy: I've got what I want. I've got Kansas.
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Referenced in Mission: Impossible: The Mind of Stefan Miklos (1969) See more »

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The Backwards Napoleon.
7 March 2017 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

The Jayhawkers! is directed by Melvin Frank and Frank shares writing duties with A. I. Bezzerides, Frank Fenton and Joe Petracca. It stars Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva, Leo Gordon and Frank DeKova. Music is by Jerome Moross and cinematography by Loyal Griggs.

Territory of Kansas . . . Shortly before the Civil War.

In short order form the plot finds Chandler as a driven empire builder Luke Darcy, who is taking advantage of Bleeding Kansas. Insinuating himself into Darcy's gang is Cam Bleeker (Parker), who has a very personal ulterior motive for doing so.

The Ace of Spades!

It's one of those films that has some great literary ideas, with some stoic characterisations and deft hints at the turmoil hitting this part of American history, and yet it never truly delivers on its powerful potential. Action is in short supply so we are very much asked to invest fully in the key players, their motives and drives, reasoning's etc, with the Darcy/Bleeker relationship and the shades of grey holding the attention whilst simultaneously holding the play together.

Love-And-Death. That's everyone's fortune my friend.

Bonus point also are the tactics used by Darcy to build his empire, which coupled with his beliefs - and Bleeker's growing conflicted values (Bromance does that to a guy apparently) - marks it out as a good try at something more deep and meaningful. Filmed in Technicolor/VistaVision, pic looks lovely, but not enough is made of the outdoor locations, while Moross provides a big bold booming score - which is great - it's just in the wrong film as it belongs in a ripper of an action piece.

All told it's a very mixed bag, and stripped down it's a undercover story dressed up in familiar Western attire. It works for those who enjoy well written speeches and simmering tensions/passions, but it's a trick film to recommend with confidence. Oh and serious history buffs should give it a wide berth. 6/10


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