Buffalo Bill

Synopsis: A fictionalized account of the life of William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody. A hunter and Army Scout in the early part of his life, he rescues a US Senator and his beautiful daughter, Louisa Frederici. Cody is portrayed as someone who admires and respects the Indians and is a good friend of Yellow Hand who will eventually become Chief of the Cheyenne. Everyone else, including the military, politicians and businessmen on the other hand hate the Indians and are perfectly prepared to trample on their lands and destroy their buffalo hunting grounds. He's eventually forced to fight the Cheyenne however. He's also met a writer, Ned Buntline, who writes about Cody's exploits and he becomes a sensation when he travels East. His career is not assured however, particularly when he attacks those in positions of authority over their maltreatment of the Native American population. He eventually establishes his wild west show that becomes an international sensation.
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
90 min

In 1877, a young man

rode out of the West...

...and overnight his name became

a household word.

He'd not discovered a continent

or won a war.

He was not a great general,

a great statesman or a great scientist.

Yet even now,

more than 60 years later...

...the legends which surround him

are as vivid as they were then.

His name was William Frederick Cody.

But to young and old, rich and poor,

king and commoner...

...he is known as Buffalo Bill.

This is the story of his life.

Hup, you! Hya!

Hold that fire

till you can make it count.

Hup, hup! It's your hide or my hair.

- You all right, darling?

- Yes, Father.

They ain't falling off for nothing.

Doggone, there they go

and I didn't even get a shot at them.

- Good morning, folks.

- Good...

- Are you all right, ma'am?

- Yes, I guess so.

I knew it was you.

Ain't another rifle in the world

with a bark like that Springfield.

Miss Frederici...

...I want you to meet up

with Buffalo Bill Cody...

...the best scout, the best shot,

the best man on the plains.

How do you do.

And thank you very much.

Cody's buffalo hunter

at the fort. Senator Frederici.

- Mr. Cody.

- I'd better go catch them mules.

I'll help the sergeant.

My daughter and I are grateful, sir.

You've saved our lives.

Anyone would be lucky

for the chance.

Not everyone would've

acted so courageously.

She's right, Mr. Cody.

We need more men like you

to exterminate these savages.

They must be wiped out,

root and branch.

There are some white men

that need wiping out.

I don't understand you, sir.

This is not a war arrow,

it's a hunting arrow. No barbs.

A hunting arrow.

How very considerate of them.

Are you implying

that we were fair game?

I mean those were agency Indians,

crazy-drunk on white man's whiskey.

I suppose that excuses them out here.

The red man and whiskey

don't mix, ma'am.

We'll ride the mules into the agency.

Senator, you and Mr. Carvell

can double up on Fanny.

Miss Frederici, you take Hyacinth.

If she cause you trouble,

cuss her out...

...and kick her. I'll climb up with Bill.

I'm afraid I'm not exactly dressed

for kicking and cussing.

Perhaps it would be better

if I went with Mr. Cody.

I guess you're right, miss.

Prepare to mount. Mount.

This is very kind of you.

I hope it's not too much for your horse.

Oh, no. You're light to carry.

You go ahead, Bill,

and we'll come along.

Hiya, Chips.

I've been waiting for you.

Somebody wrote you a letter.


- That's right, my boy.

Who would be writing to you?

Give me the letter, I'll find out.

You'll get yours in your proper turn.

The mail is delivered

according to rank...

...and there's plenty ranker than you.

Do I have to wait

for every noncom in the outfit?

You'll wait for every noncom

and every buck trooper too.

A civilian don't rate.

Hi, Bill.

Hello, Ada.

Now you run on home to your mama.

Bye-bye, Bill.

Welcome, Mr. Cody.

- Welcome.

- Won't you come in?

We have a number of

unexpected guests you must meet.

Maybe I'd better not stay.

I'm not dressed for this sort of a soiree.

Nonsense. In these buckskins,

you're the handsomest man in the room.

By the Lord Harry.

It's Nimrod the hunter,

led captive by Aphrodite.

Gentlemen, Mr. Cody.

General Blazier, Mr. Vandervere,

and Mr. Ned Buntline.

Mr. Cody, sir.

We've heard of your indomitable heroism

in snatching Miss Frederici from death...

...at the hand

of a bloodthirsty savage.

Will you honor me by taking wine?

- Thank you, Mr...?

- Buntline.

- Buntline?

- Buntline, sir.

Special correspondent of

the New York Herald.

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