The Plainsman

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

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

113 mins

Cast and crew

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