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The Plainsman (1936) was a Western - Biographical Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille, William LeBaron and William H. Pine.


DeMille's extravagant way with history is here applied to the oft-filmed tale of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane. The two (Cooper and Arthur, fresh from their success in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town) get mixed up with Buffalo Bill and a sneak who's selling guns to the Indians. Arthur tries to come to the rescue and gets herself and Cooper captured. The source of the famous Hollywood story about Quinn answering a casting call for real Indians (and DeMille did stock the cast with authentic native Americans) and performing a Cheyenne war dance with gibberish. He got the part, and won the hand of the director's daughter.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


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Wild Bill Hickok: Son, one of these days, you're going to grow up and you ought to know about women. You see, the thing is this - women are... uh, well, they're uh... Well, son, I can tell you what an Indian will do to ya, but you never know what a woman will do.

Wild Bill Hickok: [to Buffalo Bill on his recent marriage] I see she hasn't cut your hair... yet.

Van Ellyn associate: But we can't sell rifles to the Indians!
Van Ellyn: I think we can... to peaceable Indians.

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An excellent horseman from his youth in Montana, Gary Cooper did most of his own riding stunts, including the shot where he rode "hanging" between two horses.
Paramount executives wanted Wild Bill Hickok to survive the card-game shootout, but Cecil B. DeMille resisted and got his way.
Film debut of Hank Worden.
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