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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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Frank McHugh ...
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Matt Cole
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Dr. Irving
Henry O'Neill ...
Colonel Dodge
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Yancey
William Lundigan ...
Lee Irving
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Tex Baird
Bobs Watson ...
Harry Cole
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Mrs. Cole
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Munger
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Storyline

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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Approved | See all certifications »

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8 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Esclavos del oro  »

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1.37 : 1
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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

During a gunfight scene a wagon pulls into field of fire. The passengers are obviously dummies. All sit perfectly still and upright, however one of their heads wobbles about quite noticeably. It was probably decided that it would be safer to use dummies, but it's just blatantly obvious. See more »

Quotes

[Abbie laughs at Wade after he falls in the newspaper office]
Wade Hatton: You know, there's an old saying in the British Army: "The law must always save its face in front of the natives."
Abbie Irving: And what if the natives object to its face?
Wade Hatton: We just put them across our knee... and spank them! Soundly!
Abbie Irving: You're not suggesting that I'm a native?
Wade Hatton: No. The only real native of Kansas is the buffalo. He's got a very hard head, a very uncertain temper and a very lonely future. Apart from that there's hardly any comparison ...
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

I'se Gwine Back to Dixie
(1874) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. White
Played in the saloon and sung by Ann Sheridan
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5 Reasons To Like This Old Western
14 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better old-time westerns because:

1 - It is a very fast-moving story. No lulls here. 2 - The hero of the story (Errol Flynn) is a very likable guy. 3 - The gorgeous Technicolor (not many color films made around this time) which looks even bolder and brighter on the DVD. 4 - The story sports a good combination of action, drama, romance and comedy. 5 - A very young Olivia de Havilland at her prettiest

This was one of the first westerns to feature a well-known actor, helping to give the genre a boost in reputation. Bruce Cabot and Victory Jory are credible as villains. Alan Hale is tolerable in his normal role as the buffoon. The only disappointment was Ann Sheridan, a beautiful woman who did not look as attractive in this film and had a role much smaller than one would believe from the billing she gets on the DVD back cover.


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