#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Shortly before the start of the American Civil War rebel Kansas leader Luke Darcy dreams of a new independent Republic of Kansas. His vigilante group is called The Jayhawkers and their mission is to end slavery by force. However, Darcy uses The Jayhawkers for his own bid for absolute control of Kansas. Darcy’s actions do not sit well with the military governor of Kansas, William Clayton, who wants Darcy captured and brought to justice. For this purpose the governor hires an ex-renegade rebel, Cam Bleeker, to join Darcy’s group and capture their leader. Bleeker has a personal reason for wanting to see Darcy hanged. Darcy was responsible for Bleeker wife’s death while Bleeker was in prison.
Plot: Before the U.S. Civil War rebel leader Luke Darcy sees himself as leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas but the military governor sends an ex-raider to capture Darcy.
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Hidden gem, well worth your time
Tightly acted and directed Western with outstanding performances from Jeff Chandler and Fess Parker.
The latter is the conscience, and Parker is terrific as the guiding force who proves effective at carrying out a difficult task while maintaining his humanity in a war-scarred environment. He lifts his screen game from the aw-shucks, King of the Wild Frontier character to legit leading man.
This is the best I’ve seen from Chandler, always a capable and gifted performer. Here, he holds firm to the ruthless power-monger of his Darcy character while speaking about, and occasionally showing, his human side.
So many Westerns are black versus white, good v. evil. This one gets into the gray areas, actually spends most of its 1:40 run time in the gray. I expected a B-movie, instead saw a solid A effort with a special nod to Melvin Frank, who directed and was part of the writing team.
It’s a Western that shakes off the dust and sets down the six-guns, if you dig deep and think about it.
Look, I had to work to get through this one, despite the unlikable broken characters,wooden acting, the fantasy historical story and plot that is over the bazillion level of improbability as I discovered on wikipedia
Melvin Frank said at the time
“This is no time to satirize western myth; people won’t stand for the making fun of something sacred. Actually, why The Jayhawkers is in the outdoor category and has outlaws and guns and horses, it’s a western only in that it takes place on the then-frontier of 1859. Something frightening happened in Kansas on the eve of the Civil War… A man on horseback tried to become A Man on Horseback. He took over only a few towns- but what would’ve happened if he’d seized Kansas for his empire and the Civil War had allowed him to set up a kingdom in the West? The power mad character has always threatened freedom. We had long wanted to use this theme in a story about the American past and when we found this story… it clicked.”
so perhaps there is more to this story than meets the eye.
Nevertheless, this is just an OK show in my book. The ultra violent misogynistic megalomaniac Chandler is weighed down by the others and the repulsive role. Fess is avuncular to the point of being miscast. The rest try hard and as always Henry and Leo deliver the goods but it all to no avail.
The fact of the matter is for mine the weakest part of this film is Jerome Moross music score! It is just inappropriate in places derailing the tension such as it is. That is not to say this film would be better if Gershenson, Bakelienkoff or Mancini worked it over but I reckon it would get it another star.
Ultimately a nasty story about disturbing misguided immoral people and actually quite gloomy and upsetting. But hey, it’s a western! Enjoy it, I did!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Director Melvin Frank
Writer Melvin Frank, Joseph Petracca, Frank Fenton
Actors Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process VistaVision
Printed Film Format 35 mm