The Plainsman (1966 film)

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The Plainsman
The Plainsman (1966 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Lowell Rich
Produced by Richard E. Lyons
Written by Michael Blankfort
Starring Don Murray
Leslie Nielsen
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Bud Thackery
Edited by Danny B. Landres
Buddy Small
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 1966 (1966-08)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Plainsman is a Technicolor remake of the 1936 Cecil B. DeMille western film of the same name. It stars Don Murray as Wild Bill Hickok, Guy Stockwell as Buffalo Bill Cody and Abby Dalton as Calamity Jane.


After being taken prisoner by Crazy Knife and a band of Cheyenne warriors, Wild Bill Hickok's life is spared by Chief Black Kettle, but when he is set free, it is without his horse and his boots.

Calamity Jane, driving a stagecoach, gives Hickok a ride back to the fort, where Lt. Stiles of the Army seems indifferent to Hickok's warning that the Cheyenne are now armed with [repeating rifles]]. At the saloon, where Wild Bill renews an acquaintance with old friend Buffalo Bill, he spots a gambler named Lattimer cheating at poker and deals with him accordingly.

Crazy Knife and his men take Calamity Jane captive, and Lattimer turns out to be the one supplying them with the rifles. Hickok manages to save Jane, who loves him, and the fort ends up with a new officer in command, General Custer.


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