The Jayhawkers

The Jayhawkers

Melvin Frank (1959)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
In this long-winded western, Jeff Chandler plays the leader of a private army of raiders called the Jayhawkers. Pitched against him is former jailbird Fess Parker, who for reasons of personal revenge decides to put a stop to Chandler's empire-building ambitions. With his Napoleon complex, dislike for women, and strong affection for his adversary, Chandler is far more colourful than homespun Parker, who should've stuck to playing Davy Crocket on screen. Although handsomely photographed by Shane cameraman Loyal Griggs and vigorously scored by Jerome (The Big Country) Moross, it's is a dramatically muddled bore.


An ambitious Kansas cowboy sets out to seize as much power as possible, and has no qualms about crushing anyone who stands in his way. However, convict Jeff Chandler is filled with rage to learn his wife has fallen foul of the villain's ruthless plans, so he promptly breaks out of jail to exact revenge for her death. Gritty Western adventure, co-starring Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey and Henry Silva.

Cast & Crew

Luke Darcy Jeff Chandler
Cam Bleeker Fess Parker
Jeanne Dubois Nicole Maurey
Lordan Henry Silva
William Clayton Herbert Rudley
Evans Frank De Kova
Jake Leo Gordon
China Don McGowan
Director Melvin Frank
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Paramount Film Service Ltd