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In the maelstrom of Pre-Civil War Kansas, a government agent infiltrates the vigilante group called the Jayhawkers. In this visually evocative western, Jeff Chandler (Merrill's Marauders) plays Luke Darcy; a ruthless man who wants more than what life is willing to offer. Starting out as anti-slavery activists, Darcy uses the Jayhawkers' origin to support his growing power. Opposing his unscrupulous bid for control of the region is Cam (Fess Parker. TV's Davy Crocket), an ex-convict who knows that Darcy was responsible for the death of his wife, while he was in prison. Henry Silva and Nicole Maurey co-star in this action-packed western. Co-produced, co-written and directed by Melvin Frank (Knock on Wood).
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Chandler dominates the film as the would-be dictator with a fear of being hung to dance on the end of a rope "like a clown" and something of a Napoleon complex (he even keeps a bust of the man in his home and gets Parker to read up on his campaigns) but who, as Nicole Maurey's French widow points out in the odd less than subtle nod to 20th century history, is just fooling the gullible to further his own ends.Read more ›
Fess Parker is good as the brooding, undecided not-quite-outlaw, and the rest of the cast is fine as well. The moral ambiguity is well done too. It's just the scenario that's the problem. This stuff just didn't happen, and in places that didn't exist.
They have Fess Parker's character having been settled in Kansas before the Mexican War when Kansas wasn't really opened to settlement until years after. Then they have the army fighting the Jayhawkers for control of the kingdom of Kansas (which has a lot of astonishingly large, well-built towns in it). The Jayhawkers are a para-military band whose raids--in this movie--are entirely in Kansas, against Kansans. Missouri, which was the real target of the real Jayhawkers gets one token mention, then we're back to raids in Kansas. The real Jayhawkers were horsethieves who raided into Missouri, occassionally kidnapping a slave so they could claim to be abolitionists (to be fair, a few were genuine abolitionists). The movie's Jayhawkers wore "Redlegs" leggings but no mention of Jennison is made. There's also not a single African-American in the entire movie though there's a brief mention of--I think they called them--"Missouri Redlegs" killing a lady's husband after asking his opinion of slavery.
It's bizarre. It's like they had the script for a stock western then went through and inserted a few pre-Civil War Kansas-Missouri border war phrases without bothering to find out anything about them.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this is one of my favorite movies staring Fess Parker and Jeff Chandler a 5 star movie one of the best the bluray is excellent.The JayhawkersPublished 4 months ago by vernon egolf
love to watch Fess Parker. He was better as Boone and Crockett.Published 5 months ago by Danny P. Neely
Excellent movie, I am a Jeff Chandler fan so it was great seeing his character range as Darcy.Published 7 months ago by jllaudio
Chandler and Parker made a good team, although on opposite sides. Interesting ending.Published 12 months ago by P. LUCCHESI
Completely mangles history. The heavy was described as being like John Brown, but is not like him at all. As a shoot-'em-up Western, this is okay. Read morePublished 13 months ago by steamduck43
New DVD, shipped extremely fast. We have watched it and enjoyed it. Seller met my expectations.Published 14 months ago by Marie Dingfelder
This is an interesting, exciting, and somewhat suspenseful film that may raise a psychological question for some people. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Israel Drazin