Kansas Raiders

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Kansas Raiders
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Ted Richmond
Screenplay by Robert L. Richards
Story by Robert L. Richards
Starring Audie Murphy
Brian Donlevy
Marguerite Chapman
Scott Brady
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal International
Release date
  • November 15, 1950 (1950-11-15) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1.2 million (US rentals)[1]

Kansas Raiders is a 1950 Technicolor Western film distributed by Universal-International, directed by Ray Enright, and stars Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman, and Scott Brady. It is set during the American Civil War and involves Jesse James coming under the influence of William 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 bank robbing.


Home media availability[edit]

Universal first released the film on DVD in 2007 as part of its Classic Western Round-Up, Volume 1 set, a 2-disc set featuring three other films (The Texas Rangers, Canyon Passage, and The Lawless Breed). The exact same set was re-released in 2011, as part of Universal's 4 Movie Marathon DVD series, being repackaged as the "Classic Western Collection". In 2014, the film was bundled in a different Universal set, Classic Westerns, 10 Movie Collection; the only difference in this release is that no subtitles were provided on-screen.


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

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