Buffalo Bill (film)

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Buffalo Bill
Directed by William A. Wellman
Produced by Harry Sherman
Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Aeneas MacKenzie
Clements Ripley
Cecile Kramer
Frank Winch - Story
John Larkin (uncredited)
Starring Joel McCrea
Maureen O'Hara
Linda Darnell
Thomas Mitchell
Music by David Buttolph
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by James B. Clark
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Release date
  • April 13, 1944 (1944-04-13)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million[1]

Buffalo Bill (1944) Technicolor is a biographical Western about the life of the legendary frontiersman, starring Joel McCrea and Maureen O'Hara with Linda Darnell and Anthony Quinn in supporting roles.


A fictionalized account of the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, a hunter and Army Scout who rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici; Federici eventually becomes his devoted wife. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians. He is a good friend of Yellow Hand, who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Public opinion is against the Indians, and military leaders, politicians and businessmen are prepared to take their lands and destroy their hunting grounds for their own profit. Cody is eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne on their behalf. He meets a writer, Ned Buntline, whose accounts of Cody's exploits make him a sensation in the eastern United States and Europe. He establishes a wild west show that becomes an international sensation. His career as a performer is threatened when he takes a stand against the mistreatment of the Native American population.


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