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Buffalo Bill (1944)
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The 1944 Twentieth Century Fox film "Buffalo Bill" is about the Western hero and Wild West Show promoter William Cody, known as "Buffalo Bill".
 
The film shows an Indian Head penny, an unusual event at the time when the showing of actual
United States currency or coins in films was prohibited by the US Treasury Department.
 
The film stars Joel McCrea as William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody and Maureen O'Hara as Louisa Cody.
 
The film also shows a "Congressional Medal", later known as the "Medal of Honor",
and some other old US medals.
 
The film is set in the 1880's, there are many American Indians in the story and the film portrays them
sympathetically.
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1. Title
 
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2. Buffalo Bill arrives
 
The film begins with an Indian attack on a wagon.
Buffalo Bill Cody rides up and chases them off.
He is well known as a man who has lived with Indians and knows their customs.
 
He meets the beautiful Louisa Frederici, her father, and US Cavalry Sergeant Chips.
 
He explains that the Indians were reservation Indians who had been drinking and were only
fooling around.
 
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3. Buffalo Bill
 
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4. Louisa Frederici
 
Ned Buntline is a famous writer of Western stories.
 
Bill meets him and Schyler Vandervere, an Eastern railway magnate.
 
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5. Cody meets Ned Buntline
 
Cody has known a Cheyenne Indian chief named Yellow Hand, and once saved his life.
 
Cody negotiates a land treaty with Yellow Hand, which is soon broken by the whites.
 
Large numbers of hunters have invaded the tribal lands and have begun shooting buffalo for sport.
 
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6. Buffalo hunt poster
 
The Indians are upset as they have many uses for buffalo.
 
The Sioux and Cheyenne call a war party, led by Sioux Chief Crazy Horse and
Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hand.
 
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7. Crazy Horse and Yellow Hand
 
The two tribes decide to join forces to fight the white invaders.
 
Crazy Horse reports that the Sioux have already dealt with Custer.
 
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8. Indian ceremonial "War Dance"
 
Cody reluctantly joins a Cavalry unit as a scout.
His wife leave him and returns to her home in the East.
 
The Cavalry rides out to battle the Indians.
 
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9. Chief Yellow Hand rides up for battle
 
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10. Cavalry and Indian battle
 
During the battle Cody and Yellow Hand fight and Cody overpowers the Indian.
 
Later Cody is invited to Washington, DC so that the US President can present him
with the "Congressional Medal" for bravery during the battle.
 
Sergeant Chips receives a notice that he is being retired.
 
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11. Sergeant Chips packs this things
 
His medals hang on a wall.
 
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12. Sergeant Chips' medals on wall
 
One medal has Abraham Lincoln on it.
 
Cody has become a celebrity, thanks to Ned Buntline writing about him.
 
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13. Magazine with Buntline story about Cody
 
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14. Cody and Ned meet again in Washington
 
Cody is invited to give a speech to a group of businessmen led by Schyler Vandervere,
who wants to develop the West.
 
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15. Astor hotel speakers platform
 
Vandervere wears a gold octagonal watch fob which resembles a fifty dollar "slug".
He quotes a general that "the only good Indian is a dead one".
 
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16. Buffalo Bill speech
 
Cody gives a speech defending the Indian and accusing the businessmen of causing the
"Indian Wars" for profit.
 
Cody pulls an Indian Head penny out and tells the audience that:
"The only Indian you are familiar with is the one on the penny".
 
He then throws the coin onto the table.
 
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17. The Indian Head penny on the table
 
The date on the coin appears to be 1880.
 
An 1880 Indian Head penny:
 
United States cent 1880
18. Indian Head penny 1880
 
Vandervere tries to "ruin" Cody by encouraging stories that he was not a hero,
and his agents damage Cody financially.
 
Cody is broke and wanders into an amusement arcade which has a shooting gallery.
 
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19. Amusement arcade
 
Cody throws his medal onto a table and bets that he can shoot all of the targets.
 
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20. Cody's Congressional Medal
 
A policeman sees the medal and believes that the man is an impostor.
Cody demonstrates his shooting abiltiy.
 
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21. Cody demonstrates shooting
 
The arcade owner makes Cody an offer.
 
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22. New arcade exhibit
 
The arcade owner has a standing offer of $1,000 to anyone who is willing to hold a silver dollar
in their fingers and allow Cody to shoot it without harming the holder.
 
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23. Arcade barker holding silver dollar
 
A woman steps up to take the challenge.
 
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24. Louisa holding coin
 
Louisa trusts Cody's shooting ability and she substitutes a smaller coin.
 
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25. Louisa holding Indian Head penny
 
Cody and Louisa then get back together.
 
Cody has become a hero to children.
 
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26. Bill and kids
 
Cody decides to open his famous Wild West Show.
 
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27. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
 
The show runs for many years for audiences all over the US and Europe.
 
Among the later watcher is US President Theodore Roosevelt.
 
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28. Theodore Roosevelt applauds
 
Buffalo Bill decides to retire and he gives a farewell speech at his last performance.
 
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29. Buffalo Bill retires
 
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30. The End
 
For Victory
Buy U.S. War Bonds and Stamps
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Notes:
 
Cast:
Joel McCrea as William 'Buffalo Bill' Cody
Maureen O'Hara as Louisa Frederici Cody
Thomas Mitchell as Ned Buntline
Anthony Quinn as Chief Yellow Hand
 
Director: William A. Wellman
Writers: Aeneas MacKenzie, Clements Ripley, Cecile Kramer, Frank Winch
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