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Dodge City (1939)

 -  Western  -  8 April 1939 (USA)
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A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

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Matt Cole
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Dr. Irving
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Colonel Dodge
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Yancey
William Lundigan ...
Lee Irving
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Tex Baird
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Harry Cole
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Mrs. Cole
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Munger
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Dodge City. A wide-open cattle town run by Jeff Surrett. Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do. What the place needs is a fearless honest Marshal. A guy like Wade Hatton, who helped bring the railroad in. It may not help that he fancies Abbie Irving, who won't have anything to do with him since he had to shoot her brother. But that's the West. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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West of Chicago there was no law! See more »

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Western

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8 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Esclavos del oro  »

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Trivia

The man Errol Flynn throws through the window of the barbershop was none other than his pal and long-time drinking companion, stuntman Buster Wiles. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film there is a race between a stage coach and a train. A high radio tower is visible on a hill behind the train. See more »

Quotes

[Wade throws one of Surrett's men out of the barbershop]
Wade Hatton: About ten days for this customer, Tex. Five to cool off and five to think it over.
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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(ca 1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Good early Flynn western in need of color restoration...
4 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

'Dodge City' is a slambang western complete with cattle stampedes, runaway trains on fire, saloon fights and all kinds of mayhem--enough action to satisfy the Saturday matinee audiences for which it was probably intended. The taming of the wicked city of the west is left to Errol Flynn, the new sheriff who has to convince the pretty newspaperwoman (de Havilland) that he is not the man she despises for shooting her errant brother (William Lundigan). Ann Sheridan has a cameo role as the saloon singer girlfriend of Bruce Cabot, the main villain of the piece. All of it is photographed in early technicolor that must have been a lot better than current video prints would have us believe. Some of the outdoor scenes are fine but the interiors have a muddy look. Max Steiner has provided a lusty background score for this very robust entertainment that will probably please fans of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland--but it is definitely not their best venture together. Their main love scene while on an outdoor horseback ride in the country is charmingly done--clearly their chemistry made them an ideal screen team. As usual, all of the proceedings are directed with gusto by Michael Curtiz. One of the comedy highlights features Alan Hale who finds himself as the only male attending a women's temperance meeting--before the screen's wildest saloon fight breaks out next door. Fair entertainment but not as solid as it could have been. Compare the color photography to another Flynn western, 'San Antonio' (seven years later)and observe the vast improvement in technicolor photography. Needs restoration for future video prints.


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