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Dodge City (1939)

Approved  |   |  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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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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8 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Esclavos del oro  »

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Olivia de Havilland's drunken, boisterous brother causes a stampede early in the movie, and film fans may not recognize the handsome young actor (William Lundigan) who plays him, because his character is so different from the role Lundigan made famous on television in 1960. William Lundigan starred as Col. Edward McCauley in the television series "Men Into Space". See more »

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During the scene where the angry townspeople gather en masse outside the jail after Yancey is arrested, just above the rooflines of the buildings is seen a group of tall palm trees - certainly not native to Dodge City, Kansas, but relatively plentiful outside the studio sound lot in California. See more »

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Title Card: Dodge City, Kansas - 1872. Longhorn cattle center of the world and wide-open Babylon of the American frontier - packed with settlers, thieves and gunmen.
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Marching Through Georgia
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Written by Henry Clay Work
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Errol Goes West
9 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Errol Flynn in his autobiography said he never understood his popularity in westerns. He never felt he was suited for them in the way Johnny Wayne was (that's right, that's how he referred to the Duke), but that he went with the flow at Warner Brothers.

In addition to giving Flynn technicolor and his favorite leading lady Olivia DeHavilland, Warner Brothers gave him a script with an Indian attack, a wagon train, a saloon brawl, a cattle drive and the usual results when at the end of a cattle drive the cowboys start celebrating and one blazing railroad train. Lots of western clichés, but served up very well indeed.

Bruce Cabot the town boss of Dodge City and henchman Victory Jory make some big money in many ways by keeping the town as rough and wild as possible. These two guys are pretty standard villains for westerns, but they play it with style.

Since this was Flynn's first of eight westerns, Warner Brothers felt it necessary to explain his Aussie accent by saying he was an international soldier of fortune from Ireland. Later westerns wouldn't even bother.

The climax involves Flynn, DeHavilland, and Alan Hale in a burning railroad car shooting it out with the bad guys. You can see it a hundred times and still be thrilled with how our intrepid heroes deal with their situation.

Mention has been made before of the saloon brawl. Possibly one of the biggest filmed on screen. Stock footage was used from it for years in subsequent Warner Brothers films.

Olivia DeHavilland hated this when it was first being made. She was trying at the time to escape playing the crinoline heroine to Errol Flynn and other stars. In truth that's what she is here. She fought for and eventually got the roles worthy of her talents.

But she related on an interview I saw with her that she was at a revival of this and of Robin Hood and seeing both of them again some forty years later and commenting on how well the audience responded, she felt a pride in the work she did. As well she should.


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