Buffalo Bill (1944)

Buffalo Bill


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This Hollywood version recounts the life of William Cody; as a famed gunman and scout whose deeds gained him national recognition.

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Aeneas MacKenzie, Clements Ripley, Cecile Kramer
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 24, 2005



as William Frederick 'B...

as Dawn Starlight

as Louisa Frederici Cod...

as Ned Buntline

as Sgt. Chips McGraw

as Yellow Hand

as Sen. Frederici

as Murdo Carvell

as Gen. Blazier

as Mr. Vandevere

as Sherman

as Trooper Clancy

as Medicine Man

as Crazy Horse

as Theodore Roosevelt

as Barber

as Queen Victoria

as Doctor

as President Hayes

as Crippled Boy
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Joel McCrea makes for a convincing Buffalo Bill.

Full Review… | May 31, 2011
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Bill Cody(Joel McCrea), a scout, is minding his business before he comes to the rescue of Senator Frederici(Moroni Olsen) and his daughter Louisa(Maureen O'Hara) from a band of rogue Indians, drunk 'on the white man's whiskey,' which is all witnessed by New York Herald reporter Ned Buntline(Thomas Mitchell). That's not the only way Bill proves himself useful as he negotiates a peace between the white man's government and Chief Yellow Hand(Anthony Quinn), whose life Bill once saved and is now worried about the effect the coming railroad will have on his people. However, Bill needs help from Dawn Starlight(Linda Darnell), a schoolteacher, in responding to Louisa's invitation to dinner.

While making great use of technicolor, "Buffalo Bill" is uneven at times with odd bursts of awkward comic relief. Overall, it pays repsect to the spirit, if not the person, of Buffalo Bill Cody. Along these same lines, the movie honors the people and traditions of the Indian tribes who acted in self-defense while raising questions about what truly constitutes civilized behavior, especially when it comes to the senseless slaughter of buffalo herds, sometimes more graphically depicted than I was expecting. Sadly, there are also signs that this movie is of the time period it was made, indicated by Linda Darnell being cast as an Indian woman.

Walter M.

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