The Plainsman (1936)

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    Plot Summary
    With the end of the North American Civil War, the manufacturers of repeating rifles
    find a profitable means of making money selling the weapons to the North American Indians,
    using the front man John Lattimer to sell the rifles to the Cheyenne.
    While traveling in a stagecoach with Calamity Jane and William "Buffalo Bill" Cody
    and his young wife Louisa Cody that want to settle down in Hays City managing a hotel,
    Wild Bill Hickok finds the guide Breezy wounded by arrows and telling
    that the Indians are attacking a fort using repeating rifles.
    Hickok meets Gen. George A. Custer that assigns Buffalo Bill to guide a troop
    with ammunition to help the fort.
    Meanwhile the Cheyenne kidnap Calamity Jane, forcing Hickok to expose himself to rescue her.
    Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Gary Cooper ... Wild Bill Hickok
    Jean Arthur ... Calamity Jane
    James Ellison ... Buffalo Bill Cody
    Charles Bickford ... John Lattimer
    Helen Burgess ... Louisa Cody
    Porter Hall ... Jack McCall
    Paul Harvey ... Yellow Hand
    Victor Varconi ... Painted Horse
    John Miljan ... General George A. Custer
    Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Abraham Lincoln
    Granville Bates ... Van Ellyn
    Frank Albertson ... A Young Trooper
    Purnell Pratt ... Captain Wood
    Fred Kohler ... Jake - A Teamster (as Fred Kohler Sr. in End Credit)
    Pat Moriarity ... Sergeant McGinnis (as Pat Moriarty)
    Charles Judels ... Tony - The Barber
    Harry Woods ... Quartermaster Sergeant
    Anthony Quinn ... A Cheyenne Indian
    Francis McDonald ... A River Gambler
    George Ernest ... A Boy
    George MacQuarrie ... General Merritt
    George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Breezy (as George Hayes)
    Fuzzy Knight ... Dave
    Duke R. Lee ... Trooper (uncredited)
    Hank Worden ... Deadwood Townsman (uncredited)

    Cecil B. DeMille

    Writing Credits
    Waldemar Young ... (screen play) &
    Harold Lamb ... (screen play) &
    Lynn Riggs ... (screen play)
    Jeanie Macpherson ... (material compiled by) (as Jeanie Mac Pherson)
    Courtney Ryley Cooper ... (based on data from stories by) &
    Frank J. Wilstach ... (based on data from stories by)
    Grover Jones ... (contributor to screenplay construction) (uncredited)

    Cecil B. DeMille ... producer (uncredited)
    William LeBaron ... executive producer (uncredited)
    William H. Pine ... producer (uncredited)

    George Antheil

    Victor Milner ... (photographed by)
    George Robinson ... (uncredited)

    John Wayne very much wanted the role of Wild Bill Hickok,
    which he felt certain would make him a star,
    but director Cecil B. DeMille wanted Gary Cooper instead.

    Film debut of Hank Worden.

    An excellent horseman from his youth in Montana,
    Gary Cooper did most of his own riding stunts,
    including the shot where he rode "hanging" between two horses.

    2,000 Indian actors were used as extras for the Custer massacre sequence.

    "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 31, 1937
    with Jean Arthur reprising her film role.

    Paramount executives wanted Wild Bill Hickok to survive the card-game shootout,
    but Cecil B. DeMille resisted and got his way.

    The cavalry sequences were shot with members of the Wyoming National Guard.
    Two guardsmen were badly hurt during filming of a charge scene.

    The Native-American (Anthony Quinn) who happens upon Hickok and Cody's camp
    has the guidon for Company E, 7th Calvary.
    This company,
    commanded by Lt. Algernon Smith, was known as the "Gray Horse Company".

    Anthony Quinn told Cecil B. DeMille that he spoke fluent Cheyenne.
    Quinn's description of the Custer battle is gibberish, but DeMille was impressed.

    The script originally had Anthony Quinn's character entering the campsite
    with no concern because he thought it was the camp of another Indian.
    Quinn told Cecil B. DeMille that a real Indian would know the difference
    between a white man's camp and that of another Indian's, a
    nd should show caution when entering.
    When Quinn insisted, DeMille thought about it and agreed
    that's how the character ought to react.

    One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949,
    which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution,
    and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since

    During the riverboat card game scene, Bill Hickock, who "doesn't like women"
    is clearly wearing a wedding band.

    Factual errors
    On the evening of Lincoln's assassination Van Ellyn and his associates
    are discussing the supposedly then current John Soule editorial, "Go West, Young Man."
    Lincoln was murdered in 1865. Soule wrote that famous line in 1851.

    According to the film, Custer's Last Stand and the establishment
    of the boom town of Deadwood occur shortly after the end of the Civil War in 1865.
    In actuality they happened 11 years later in 1876.

    Abraham Lincoln leaves for the theatre, and is shot within a matter of minutes.
    In reality, it was two hours between Lincoln's arrival and assassination.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Birney, Montana, USA
    Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Lame Deer, Montana, USA (Custer's massacre)
    Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Kern River, California, USA
    Paramount Ranch - 2813 Cornell Road, Agoura, California, USA
    Pole Mountain, Laramie, Wyoming, USA (cavalry sequences)

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • The Plainsman is a 1936 American Western film
    directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starring Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur.

    The film presents a highly fictionalized account of the adventures
    and relationships between Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane, Buffalo Bill Cody,
    and General George Custer, with a gun-runner named
    Lattimer (Charles Bickford) as the main villain.
    The film is notorious for mixing timelines and even has an opening scene with
    Abraham Lincoln setting the stage for Hickok's adventures.

    Anthony Quinn has a role as an Indian.
    A remake using the same title was released in 1966.

    Couple of Duke's 'Pals' to ,look out for
    Anthony Quinn, George 'Gabby' Hayes
    and the first screen performance of Hank Worden

    User Review

    Trails cross sometimes
    28 November 2007 | by robert-temple-1 (United Kingdom)

    This Cecil B. DeMille epic of the old West contains what may be Jean Arthur's finest performance, as a hysterical, eccentric, incurably amoral, but devotedly doting Calamity Jane. She really pulled it off! Gary Cooper is at his most taciturn, but manages some occasional pithy sayings: 'The plains are big, but trails cross ... sometimes.' The story is a pastiche to end all pastiches. All the cowboy heroes of Western lore seem to be in there somehow except for Jesse James. Even Abraham Lincoln opens the story in person (or at least, DeMille would have us believe so). There is no room for anything so evanescent as subtlety, this is a 'stomp 'em in the face' tale for the masses. A remarkable thing about this film however is that it is a very early full frontal attack on what Eisenhower was eventually to name 'the military industrial complex'. It isn't just a story about gun-runners, but about arming anyone for money, and doing so from the heart of Washington. But let's not get into politics, let's leave that to DeMille, who can be guaranteed to be superficial. The chief interest of this film all these years later is that it uses the first film score composed by George Antheil, who has a lot to say about the job in his autobiography, 'Bad Boy of Music'. Antheil seems to have originated 'the big sound' adopted by all subsequent Westerns, whereby the plains sing out with the voices and sounds of countless cowboys in the sky, celebrating the open spaces and interweaving common melodies. That is why it does not sound at all unusual, because we have heard it a thousand times. But he seems to have been the first to summon up the combined rustlings of all the sage brush into this symphony of the open skies which has entered into American mythic lore, and given it a soundtrack which has never varied since then, corny as it may be, but doubtless appropriate. It is amusing to see Anthony Quinn in an early appearance as a Cheyenne Indian. Gabby Hayes is in there somewhere, but you miss him in the crowd. Gary Cooper overtops them all, looming large, - but when did he ever loom small?

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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    This article is about the Belgian cinema destroyed by a V-2 rocket in World War II.
    Cinema Rex was a cinema located at Keyserlei 15 in Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in 1935 and was designed by Leon Stynen, a Belgian architect, modeled after large American movie theatres.
    On 16 December 1944 (the first day of the Ardennes Offensive), at 15:20, a V-2 rocket fired from The Netherlands (Hellendoorn) by the SS Werfer Battery 500 directly landed on the roof of the cinema during a showing of The Plainsman. There were approximately 1,100 people inside the cinema and the explosion killed 567 people including 296 Allied servicemen (194 further servicemen were injured) and 11 buildings in total destroyed. It took nearly a week to dig all the bodies out of the rubble. It was the single highest death total from a single rocket attack during the war. Following the attack all public performance venues were closed and the town council ordered that a maximum of 50 people were allowed to congregate in any one location.
    The theatre was re-built in 1947 but closed in 1993 and was demolished in 1995.

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  • Gary Cooper was good but Jean Arthur was annoying. "The Plainsman" was a very strange film as it seemed to be set over a period of about three months, yet it used historical events from Lincoln's assassination all the way up until the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

    It's ironic how Eisenhower complained about the military considering his illegal coups in Iran and Guatemala, plus his secret military aid for the French in Vietnam.