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The Raiders (1963)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Western | December 1963 (USA)
Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane help a Texas rancher against the railroad.

Director:

Herschel Daugherty

Writer:

Gene L. Coon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Keith ... John G. McElroy / Narrator
Robert Culp ... James Butler 'Wild Bill' Hickok
Judi Meredith ... Martha 'Calamity Jane' Canary
Jim McMullan ... William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Alfred Ryder ... Capt. Benton
Simon Oakland ... Sgt. Austin Tremaine
Ben Cooper ... Tom King
Trevor Bardette ... 'Uncle Otto' Strassner
Harry Carey Jr. ... Jellicoe
Richard H. Cutting ... Jack Goodnight (as Dick Cutting)
Addison Richards ... Huntington Lawford
Cliff Osmond ... Pvt. Jean Duchamps
Paul Birch ... Paul King
Richard Deacon ... Commissioner Mailer
Michael Burns ... Jimmy McElroy
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Storyline

A group of seven West Texas ranchers, poverty-stricken by the just-concluded war-between-the-states, headed by John G. McElroy (Brian Keith'), a former colonel in the Confederate army, attempt to drive their cattle herds from Texas to the rail-head at Hays City, Kansas. They encounter trouble at the borders of the Six Nations Indian country in the Territory of Oklahoma. Convinced that they must have an extension of the rail-line into Texas, they continue to Hays City to demand it. The manager of the Kansas and Pacific Railroad is behind schedule in building tracks to Pueblo, Colorado and refuses to do anything for the Texans. The irritated Texans start a war of attrition against the railroad which bring them into conflict with Wild Bill Hickok (Robert Culp) and "Buffalo Bill" Cody (Jim McMillan), who are employed by both the railroad and the U.S.Army, and "Calamity Jane" Canary, who has an equipment-freighting contract for the railroad's construction work. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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They were the THUNDERING TORNADO on horseback (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Plainsman See more »

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Production Co:

Revue Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Texan Cattlemen Versus The Army
30 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ex-Confederate Texan Brian Keith and some fellow ranchers, fed up with the low prices offered by carpetbaggers, drive their cattle up north to sell to the Army. They encounter a sympathetic Buffalo Bill Cody (Robert Culp) and Calamity Jane (Judi Meredith) and obstacles.

It's a theatrical movie, but it's lit and has a score like a TV western: bright colors like a 1960s Louis Lamour paperback, and intrusive music that tells you precisely how you're supposed to feel at any moment. The script by Gene L. Coon is sympathetic to the Texans; Coon is, of course, best remembered as one of the producers of the Original STAR TREK, which was pitched as "WAGON TRAIN in space"; Coon also wrote several episodes of the Western series.

Keith mumbles a lot of his line. He did that a lot.


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