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The Jayhawkers! (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 October 1959 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Against the background of a turbulent era when Civil War was a flaming cloud on history's horizon . . A TREMENDOUS MOTION PICTURE! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando mueren los malvados 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 »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in Mission: Impossible: The Mind of Stefan Miklos (1969) See more »

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Better Quantrills in many other B westerns.
6 May 2012 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

You can already feel the trouble with this film when you see the cast, and realize that the good guy is Fess Parker, the lesser known actor, and the bad guy is Jeff Chandler. In attempting to give a more complex character to Chandler, the film fails and what we get is nonsense. It is a shame because the film starts well, you think you are going to see an unusual and violent exciting western, which it could have been if Chandler's character would be better defined. After all he is basically Quantrill, and we have seen better portrayals of Quantrill in many B westerns. I would not blame Chandler's performance, which is good, but the script and the direction.


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