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Kansas Raiders (1950)

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writer:

Robert L. Richards (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Jesse James
Brian Donlevy ... Col. William Clarke Quantrill
Marguerite Chapman ... Kate Clarke
Scott Brady ... Bill Anderson
Tony Curtis ... Kit Dalton
Richard Arlen ... Union Captain
Richard Long ... Frank James
James Best ... Cole Younger
John Kellogg ... Red Leg leader
Dewey Martin ... James Younger
George Chandler ... Willie
Charles Delaney ... Pell
Richard Egan ... First Lieutenant
David Wolfe ... Rudolph Tate (as Dave Wolfe)
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Storyline

Audie Murphy plays a young Jesse James falling under the Svengali-like spell of the outlaw William Quantrill, played by Brian Donlevy. Jesse and his youthful gang join the rebels to avenge the death of his parents only to become disillusioned with the senseless violence and looting of innocent civilians. Goaded by Quantrill's girl to leave, Jesse vacillates until the Yankess close in. Quantrill forces Jesse to leave and faces the Yankess gunfire alone. Jesse rides off with his gang and the rest is history. Written by Rita Richardson <RRichar790@aol.com>

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The historic Lawrence, Kansas raid...aflame again in all its fury! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1950 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Reiter ohne Gnade See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoran Desert, Arizona, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Brian Donlevy was almost 49 when he made this film, the real William Quantrill was only 27 when he died. Marguerite Chapman was 32 when the film was made and plays Quantrill's woman, Kate Clarke, a fictional character. In real life, Quantrill met a local Missouri girl, Sarah Katherine King, when she was only 13. She lived in camp with Quantrill and his soldiers. They married and she was 17 when he died. See more »

Goofs

Although brother Frank did join Quantrill, there is no evidence that Jesse, less than 16 at the time, ever joined the guerrilla raiders in Kansas. See more »

Quotes

William Clarke Quantrill: There are some things a woman simply cannot understand.
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Soundtracks

O Tannenbaum
(uncredited)
Traditional tune, lyrics by Ernst Ansch├╝tz
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Completely unrealistic
31 August 2008 | by mike-5283See all my reviews

Honestly, I didn't get past the opening scene of the movie. Jessie and Frank James, the Younger Brothers and one of the Daltons are on a mountain side surrounded by tall pine trees looking down in the valley at the town of Lawrence, Kansas. Evidently whoever made this movie has never been to Kansas. Can you spell F-L-A-T? Oh, there are some nice little hills covered with deciduous trees, but not mountains and tall pines. After that scene, the movie lost all its credibility so far as I was concerned. I can't stomach movies based on the lives of real people that stray so far from the facts. The "heroes" of this film were in reality murdering outlaw bank robbers that would today be called "sociopaths." They were not "heroes" in any sense of the word.


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