Quantrill’s Raiders, 1958… gets a 5-out-of-10, but the gaffes are harmlessly amusing and the acting is quite good. -With Leo Gordon and Steve Cochran. I’ve never unearthed the reason why 50’s Hollywood seemed to have a fascination with Quantrill. Randolph Scott did at least 2 Quantrill films (one on each side). And most of the Jesse James films feature interactions with Quantrill’s gang.
Yet the South’s greatest raider was The Gray Ghost, but I’ve never seen a movie depicting him. Only the short-lived TV series.
Quantrill’s Raiders is hampered by a small budget, otherwise the plot would translate-into a sprawling epic, with more of a solid action-impact. Instead of 90-to-100 raiders, we get 14. Instead of 140 Indians and wild horses, we get 12 and 24. Plus the plot would probably contain most of its flaws, like conclusions on who’s a secret-agent based on assumptions on who’s a secret-agent, etc.