The Jayhawkers!

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The Jayhawkers!
Poster of the movie The Jayhawkers!.jpg
Original theatrical poster
Directed by Melvin Frank
Produced by Melvin Frank
Norman Panama
Written by A. I. Bezzerides
Frank Fenton
Melvin Frank
Starring Jeff Chandler
Fess Parker
Music by Jerome Moross
Cinematography Loyal Griggs
Edited by Everett Douglas
Release dates
15 October 1959
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

The Jayhawkers! (1959) is an American movie set in pre-Civil War Kansas, starring Jeff Chandler and Fess Parker, and directed by Melvin Frank. Parker joins Chandler's gang, which seeks to take advantage of Bleeding Kansas. The Jeff Chandler character was loosely based on John Brown. The supporting cast features Henry Silva and Leo Gordon.



Chandler made the film on loan out from Universal International.[2]


  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
  2. ^ Thomas Pryor, 'GOLDWYN NAMED FOR MOVIE HONOR: PRODUCERS GUILD TO GIVE HIM MILESTONE AWARD -JEFF CHANDLER GETS ROLE', ''New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 21 Oct 1958: 38.

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