Buffalo Bill (1944)
Indian Head penny, silver dollar, and Congressional Medal
The 1944 Twentieth Century Fox film "Buffalo Bill" is about the Western hero and Wild West Show promoter William Cody, known as "Buffalo Bill".
United States currency or coins in films was prohibited by the US Treasury Department.
and some other old US medals.
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.
3. Buffalo Bill
4. Louisa Frederici
Ned Buntline is a famous writer of Western stories.
5. Cody meets Ned Buntline
Cody has known a Cheyenne Indian chief named Yellow Hand, and once saved his life.
6. Buffalo hunt poster
The Indians are upset as they have many uses for buffalo.
Cheyenne Chief Yellow Hand.
7. Crazy Horse and Yellow Hand
The two tribes decide to join forces to fight the white invaders.
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.
9. Chief Yellow Hand rides up for battle
10. Cavalry and Indian battle
During the battle Cody and Yellow Hand fight and Cody overpowers the Indian.
with the "Congressional Medal" for bravery during the battle.
11. Sergeant Chips packs this things
His medals hang on a wall.
12. Sergeant Chips' medals on wall
One medal has Abraham Lincoln on it.
13. Magazine with Buntline story about Cody
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.
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".
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.
17. The Indian Head penny on the table
The date on the coin appears to be 1880.
An 1880 Indian Head penny:
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.
19. Amusement arcade
Cody throws his medal onto a table and bets that he can shoot all of the targets.
20. Cody's Congressional Medal
A policeman sees the medal and believes that the man is an impostor.
Cody demonstrates his shooting abiltiy.
21. Cody demonstrates shooting
The arcade owner makes Cody an offer.
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.
23. Arcade barker holding silver dollar
A woman steps up to take the challenge.
24. Louisa holding coin
Louisa trusts Cody's shooting ability and she substitutes a smaller coin.
25. Louisa holding Indian Head penny
Cody and Louisa then get back together.
26. Bill and kids
Cody decides to open his famous Wild West Show.
27. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
The show runs for many years for audiences all over the US and Europe.
28. Theodore Roosevelt applauds
Buffalo Bill decides to retire and he gives a farewell speech at his last performance.
29. Buffalo Bill retires
30. The End
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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
Writers: Aeneas MacKenzie, Clements Ripley, Cecile Kramer, Frank Winch