The Plainsman Comes To Birney

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 24

A stock photo from the movie "The Plainsman", a portion of which was filmed near Birney, is pictured above. The photo depicts the poker game before Wild Bill gets shot. Gary Cooper (as Wild Bill) is center (in black). Jean Arthur as Calamity Jane is standing to Hickok's left. Jack McCall (played by Porter Hall) is standing next to Hickok wearing a bowler hat. Photo courtesy Paramount Pictures.

It was the summer of 1936 when Hollywood disrupted the usual tranquility of Montana's lower Tongue River. Paramount Pictures was filming an epic western, "The Plainsman," and legendary director Cecil B. DeMille wanted to include authentic landscap...

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