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Buffalo Bill (1944)

Approved | | Biography, Romance, Western | April 1944 (USA)
The story of William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, legendary westerner, from his days as an army scout to his later activities as owner of a Wild West show.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Æneas MacKenzie (screenplay) (as Aeneas MacKenzie), Clements Ripley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... William Frederick 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Maureen O'Hara ... Louisa Frederici Cody
Linda Darnell ... Dawn Starlight
Thomas Mitchell ... Ned Buntline
Edgar Buchanan ... Sgt. Chips McGraw
Anthony Quinn ... Chief Yellow Hand
Moroni Olsen ... Sen. Frederici
Frank Fenton ... Murdo Carvell
Matt Briggs ... Gen. Blazier
George Lessey ... Mr. Schyler Vandervere
Frank Orth ... Sherman - Shooting Gallery Owner
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Storyline

A fictionalized account of the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. A hunter and Army Scout in the early part of his life, he rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians and is a good friend of Yellow Hand who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Everyone else, including the military, politicians and businessmen on the other hand hate the Indians and are perfectly prepared to trample on their lands and destroy their buffalo hunting grounds. He's eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne however. He's also met a writer, Ned Buntline, who writes about Cody's exploits and he becomes a sensation when he travels East. His career is not assured however, particularly when he attacks those in positions of authority over their maltreatment of the Native American population. He eventually establishes his wild west show that becomes an international sensation. Written by garykmcd

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His adventure made him a hero.His showmanship made him a legend.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de Buffalo Bill See more »

Filming Locations:

House Rock Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second film that features the character of Buffalo Bill and Anthony Quinn playing a Cheyenne warrior. The first one was The Plainsman (1936). See more »

Goofs

When Bill receives the letter regarding his son's illness the letter is dated the 20th of Aug. and after that date he receives an invitation for an event dated Aug. 15. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Chips: I've been waiting for you. Somebody has written you a letter.
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: Who, me?
Sgt. Chips: That's right, my boy. Who in the world would be writing to you?
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: I don't know, but if you give me the letter, I'll find out.
Sgt. Chips: You'll get yours in your proper turn. The mail is delivered according to rank. And there's plenty ranker than you!
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Connections

Edited from Drums Along the Mohawk (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight)
(1844) (uncredited)
Written by William Cool White
Played on an offscreen piano as Bill walks near a New York museum
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The dark side of civilization.
15 February 2004 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

When this film was made, people were still in love with cars, freeways and bringing progress to the west. So it was quite an achievement to bring to the screen a divided hero, who from one side admired the Indian way of life, and who understood that the killing of the buffaloes would bring misery to the natives, but at the same time arranged buffalo hunts for people of the east, and as a scout helped the army fight the Indians. When he goes east and see stories written about him by Ned Buntline we know that it is impossible for him (as for any human being) to live up to them, and he is bound to end up in ridicule. People nowadays are more ecology conscious and that makes this film more meaningful than in 1944. The first part of the film shows the west and the war with the Indians with excellent battle scenes and great color. Maureen O'Hara is more beautiful than in any other film I've seen her and so is Linda Darnell. The second part is when Buffalo Bill goes east, and that is when the film is at its best.


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