Kansas Raiders

1950

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IMDb Rating 6.3

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 7

Kansas Raiders is directed by Ray Enright and written by Robert Richards. It stars Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman, Scott Brady and Tony Curtis. A Technicolor production, music is by Milton Rosen and cinematography by Irving Glassberg. Plot has it that the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton, join Quantrill&#39;s Raiders after witnessing at first hand Redleg atrocities. However, after believing they would be fighting soldiers for the war effort, the men find themselves participating in equally worse war crimes. Something that deeply affects the young Jesse James.<br/><br/>OK, it&#39;s very fanciful in its telling of a bitter and sad period of American history. Facts of the period and the characters are jettisoned in favour of making an exciting 1950 Oater. Any hope of a depth strewn historical take on William Quantrill&#39;s Raiders will lead to disappointment, something that is all too evident with many of the venomous reviews of the film out in internet world. Yet judged on its own unfussy entertaining terms, film scores high for the casual Western fan as shoot-outs, knife fights and stand-offs keep the film perky.<br/><br/>The ominous black flag of Quantrill.<br/><br/>As a story the film provides enough of an edge to make its point, we are left in no doubt about the &quot;atrocity exhibition&quot; dealt out by Quantrill&#39;s Raiders. There&#39;s also a neat thread within about the corruption of youth. Yes, for sure it&#39;s a picture low on accuracy, but it doesn&#39;t soft soap the subject to hand. This is a 1950 production after all and the makers at least manage to leave us in no doubt about the nature of the crimes committed by certain factions in the Civil War. In fact a couple of scenes really leave indelible images, and from an action viewpoint the &quot;sacking of Lawrence&quot; is excellent in construction and impact garnered.<br/><br/>Production wise it&#39;s also good value, Glassberg&#39;s Technicolor photography is gorgeous, not just for the Garner Valley and Kanab locations, but also for bringing out the quality of the set decoration (Russell A. Gausman/Ruby R. Levitt) and Bill Thomas&#39; costuming. Cast are fine without pulling up any trees. Donlevy is the class act on show, but here as Quantrill he gets by on presence alone, the absence of outright character nastiness is sadly felt. The latter of which, however, is provided by the solid Brady as Bill Anderson. Murphy as young Jesse James has youthful exuberance and bravado down pat, while Curtis as Kit Dalton is enjoyable in amongst the five group dynamic. Marguerite Chapman (Coroner Creek) as Kate Clarke (Quantrill&#39;s girl) has the tough task of playing the sole female in the film, and although well older than the character in real life, she does a nice line in sexy and wise older woman for the scenes shared with Murphy&#39;s James. 7/10

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Reviewed by bsmith5552 6

&quot;Kansas Raiders&quot; was another of those fast moving little 80 minute westerns turned out by Universal. As was their custom, they liked to cast many of their up and coming young actors in various roles. This one is no exception.<br/><br/>The story takes place during the Civil War where five young riders, Jesse James (Audie Murphy), Frank James (Richard Long), Kit Dalton (Tony Curtis), Cole Younger (James Best) and James Younger (Dewey Martin), are looking to join up with Quantrill&#39;s Raiders.<br/><br/>They ride into Quanrill&#39;s camp and enlist in his service. Quantrill (Brian Donlevy) takes a shine to young Jesse, who in turn has an eye for Quantrill&#39;s woman, Kate Clarke (Margeurite Chapman). After Jesse kills Tate (David Wolfe), one of Quantrill&#39;s lieutenants in a knife fight, he is elevated to Tate&#39;s position. Jesse learns that Quantrill&#39;s other lieutenant, the brutal &quot;Bloody Bill&quot; Anderson (Scott Brady) kills without provocation.<br/><br/>The boys go on raids with the Raiders and Jesse sees the senseless brutality and killing of innocent people. He begins to have second thoughts. After the pillaging of Lawrence Kansas, the gang is pursued relentlessly and they decide to desert Quantrill. However Jesse and the boys remain loyal until.........................................<br/><br/>Murphy, Curtis, Brady, Long, Best and Martin all went on to varying degrees of success in the coming years. Donlevy had a long and successful career playing classy villains. Chapman here, looks too old for the boyish looking Murphy. This was Murphy&#39;s second film and he carries most of the picture. Richard Arlen and a young Richard Egan also appear as Union cavalry officers.<br/><br/>Director Ray Enright keeps the story moving and the raid sequences are particularly well done. The &quot;glorious&quot; Technicolor photography is equally stunning.<br/><br/>Audie Murphy, the most decorated US soldier in WWII, would make a career out of these fast paced little oaters over the next 15 years.

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Reviewed by tmwest 8

Audie is Jesse James. Jesse and Frank, Cole and Jim Younger (where is Bob?) plus Tony Curtis as Kit Dalton are looking for Quantrill to join his guerrilla fighters. On the way they stop in Lawrence, Kansas where they are almost hanged by the red-legs. When they finally join Quantrill, Jesse gets involved in a &quot;handkerchief&quot; fight where each man has to hold on his mouth a part of the handkerchief, while they fight with &quot;Bowie&quot; knives. It is one of the best moments of the film. Does it remind you of something? Walter Hill used the same type of fight in &quot;The Long Riders&quot; this time Cole Younger and Sam Starr where fighting, it was also the best part of that film. As Jesse goes into raids, he starts seeing that they are killing civilians and looting. That is not his idea of war, so he gets in conflict with Quantrill. He also falls in love with Quantrill&#39;s wife. In a hypothetical film trilogy about Jesse James, this would be part 1, The Long Riders, part 2 and the Return of Frank James, part 3. Waiting urgently for a DVD because it is an interesting and entertaining film.

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