The Plainsman

  • Film
  • Westerns
A little too self-consciously epic (it begins with Mrs Lincoln reminding the President that they'll be late for the theatre) and much too reliant on back-projection, but still an enjoyably spectacular Western which rambles through the familiar parade of gun-runners, Indian uprisings and figures from history (ruthlessly telescoped to get them all in, including a nobly heroic Custer). Cooper's fine, sombre portrayal of Wild Bill Hickok (lumbered with a skittishly romantic Calamity Jane, but nevertheless allowed to meet his death at the hands of Jack McCall) seems to come from another, altogether less trivial movie.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Cecil B DeMille
Screenwriter: Waldemar Young, Harold Lamb, Lynn Riggs
Cast: Gary Cooper
Jean Arthur
James Ellison
Charles Bickford
Porter Hall
Victor Varconi
John Miljan
Gabby Hayes
Anthony Quinn
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