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The Plainsman

February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive from Cecil B. DeMille's personal 35mm nitrate print, with funding provided by Universal Pictures, and the cooperation of The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation.

The Plainsman  (1937)

As profiteers sell sophisticated rifles to Indians, General George Custer enlists newly-married and domesticated "Buffalo" Bill Cody (James Ellison) to transport ammunitions to a key fort, and "Wild" Bill Hickok (Gary Cooper), a confirmed bachelor but carrying a torch for stagecoach drive "Calamity" Jane (Jean Arthur), to neutralize warlike Sioux Chief Yellow Hand.  Mixed results await the iconic American heroes of this epic adventure, whose friendship forms the centerpiece of this nostalgic apologia to American expansionism.

Paramount Pictures, Inc.  Producer: Cecil B. DeMille.  Director: Cecil B. DeMille.  Screenwriter: Waldemar Young, Harold Lamb, Lynn Riggs.  Cinematographer: Victor Milner, George Robinson.  Editor: Anne Bauchens.  Cast: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, James Ellison, Charles Bickford, Helen Burgess.  35mm, b/w, 113 min.

Preceded by

Trailer for "The Greatest Show on Earth"  (1952)

35mm, color, approx. 3 min.