Kansas Raiders

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Kansas Raiders
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Ted Richmond
Written by Robert L. Richards
Starring Audie Murphy
Brian Donlevy
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Release dates
  • November 15, 1950 (1950-11-15)
Running time
80 mins
Country USA
Language English
Box office $1.2 million (US rentals)[1]

Kansas Raiders is a 1950 Western film starring Audie Murphy as Jesse James and Brian Donlevy as William Quantrill. It is set during the American Civil War and involves James coming under the influence of Quantrill.


Jesse James (Murphy) and his friends -- brother Frank (Richard Long), brothers Cole (James Best) and Jim Younger (Dewey Martin), plus Kit Dalton (Tony Curtis) -- arrive in Lawrence, Kansas, and are falsely accused of being members of Quantrill's Raiders. They are about to be lynched but are saved by the intervention of a Union officer.

The men are released and they go on and join Quantrill (Donlevy). Jesse at first admires Quantrill but comes to question his devotion after seeing atrocities committed by the man and his troops. He also falls for Kate Clarke (Marguerite Chapman).

The raiders take part in the Lawrence Massacre in which Jesse and his men rob their first bank. Most of the raiders abandon Quantrill except for Jesse. Quantrill is blinded then killed in a shoot out with Union troops. Jesse leaves Kate and heads off with his friends to a in bank robbing.



  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952

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