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Kansas Raiders (Universal 1950, Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy)



A young Jesse James (Audie Murphy) is taken under the wing of the outlaw William Quantrill (Brian Donlevy), in this engaging Western. They form a gang and valiantly attempt to aid the Confederacy by bringing Kansas to its knees. But Quantrill’s intentions are far less noble, which James and his compatriots–his brother Frank (Richard Long), the Younger Brothers (James Best and Dewey Martin) and Kit Dalton (Tony Curtis)–learn too late.

Audie Murphy would revisit the character of Jesse James, in his last film, A Time for Dying (1971), ironically released the year of his death.

production details
USA | Universal | 80 minutes | 1950

Director: Ray Enright
Producer: Ted Richmond
Cinematography: Irving Glassberg
Editor: Milton Carruth
Music: Milton Rosen
Script: Robert L. Richards
Art Direction: Bernard Herzbrun, Emrich Nicholson

Tony Curtis as Kit Dalton
Richard Long as Frank James
James Best as Cole Younger
Scott Brady as Bill Anderson
David Wolfe as Rudolph Tate (as Dave Wolfe)
Audie Murphy as Jesse James
Brian Donlevy as Col. William Clarke Quantrill
Marguerite Chapman as Kate Clarke
Richard Arlen as Union Captain
John Kellogg as Red Leg leader
Dewey Martin as James Younger
George Chandler as Willie
Charles Delaney as Pell
Richard Egan as First Lieutenant