When Cochise bands together with Geronimo and other Indian tribes, Major Colton abandons his fort, heading towards Fort Sheridan, through Apache Pass. The only thing in his way are the Indians he used to call his friends.
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.Written by
Several references in the movie are made about "Missouri Redlegs." The paramilitary unit known as the "Redlegs" were actually formed of Kansas men, and were also called "Jayhawkers." The Missouri raiders that came into Kansas were called "Bushwhackers." See more »
You can already feel the trouble with this film when you see the cast, and realize that the good guy is Fess Parker, the lesser known actor, and the bad guy is Jeff Chandler. In attempting to give a more complex character to Chandler, the film fails and what we get is nonsense. It is a shame because the film starts well, you think you are going to see an unusual and violent exciting western, which it could have been if Chandler's character would be better defined. After all he is basically Quantrill, and we have seen better portrayals of Quantrill in many B westerns. I would not blame Chandler's performance, which is good, but the script and the direction.
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