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Robert Buckner (original screen play)
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Release Date:
8 April 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It's Errol Flynn In His Greatest Role . . . A picture for every red-blooded son and daughter of the stars and stripes ! See more »
Plot:
A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(67 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Errol Flynn ... Wade Hatton

Olivia de Havilland ... Abbie Irving

Ann Sheridan ... Ruby Gilman

Bruce Cabot ... Jeff Surrett
Frank McHugh ... Joe Clemens

Alan Hale ... Rusty Hart

John Litel ... Matt Cole

Henry Travers ... Dr. Irving
Henry O'Neill ... Colonel Dodge

Victor Jory ... Yancey
William Lundigan ... Lee Irving
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Tex Baird
Bobs Watson ... Harry Cole

Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Cole

Douglas Fowley ... Munger
Georgia Caine ... Mrs. Irving
Charles Halton ... Surrett's Lawyer

Ward Bond ... Bud Taylor
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. McCoy
Russell Simpson ... Orth
Monte Blue ... Barlow
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hank Bell ... Arrested Mustached Man (uncredited)
Clem Bevans ... Charley (uncredited)
George Bloom ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wally Brown ... Cattle Auctioneer (uncredited)
James Burke ... Cattle Auctioneer (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Crocker (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Reverend (uncredited)
Tom Chatterton ... Passenger (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Townsman (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Coggins (uncredited)
Tex Cooper ... Townsman (uncredited)
Richard Cramer ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Hammond (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Engineer (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Sam Garrett ... Rider / Roper (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Train Fireman (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... Al (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Marshal Jason (uncredited)
Thurston Hall ... Twitchell (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Spieler (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Mail Clerk (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Joe (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Printer (uncredited)
Bernard L. Kowalski ... (uncredited)
Lillian Lawrence ... League Member (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... League Member in Polka-Dot Dress (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Bartender (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Man Wanting Revenge by Hanging (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Man at Funeral (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Conductor (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Stagecoach Driver / Waiter (uncredited)
Henry Otho ... Conductor (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Mr. Turner (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Brawler (uncredited)
Francis Sayles ... Stage Shotgun Guard (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Willie (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Man Wanting Revenge by Hanging (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (original screen play)

Produced by
Robert Lord .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sol Polito (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Ted Smith 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
 
Stunts
Hurley Breen .... stunts (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Ben Corbett .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunt double: Victor Jory (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke Green .... stunts (uncredited)
Herbert Holcombe .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Don Turner .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: Errol Flynn and Douglas Fowley (uncredited)
Jack Williams .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Rennahan .... associate photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Morgan Padelford .... associate color director: The Technicolor Company
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Adolph Deutsch .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jo Graham .... dialogue director
Natalie Kalmus .... color director: for The Technicolor Company
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros. Picture)
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Runtime:
104 min | West Germany:113 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 4980) | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:TV-G (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Wade Hatton is seen putting on his gun-belt and sheriff's badge in the sheriff's office, two scenes before he and a group of men are seen removing the board across the door to the office.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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Soundtrack:
Marching Through GeorgiaSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Warner Western Gamble Pays Off with Flynn Hit..., 7 October 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

1939, the greatest year in film history, produced a number of classic westerns (John Ford's STAGECOACH, George Marshall's DESTRY RIDES AGAIN, Cecil B. DeMille's UNION PACIFIC), and while Michael Curtiz' DODGE CITY may not be in quite the same league, it represented a considerable gamble for Warner Brothers, and had a major impact on the career of it's star, Errol Flynn.

Prior to DODGE CITY, there had NEVER been a successful western with a non-American leading man; foreign actors were considered too alien to the settings and action of this most American of genres. But there had never been an actor like Errol Flynn, the wildly successful Tasmanian who had proved himself as comfortable on a horse as with a sword in his hand. Coming off the most prolific year of his career (THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD, THE DAWN PATROL), Flynn had become such a box office draw that the WB decided it was worth the risk to star him in a big-budget western.

The risk paid off, as DODGE CITY was a major hit for the studio!

As Wade Hatton, an adventurous 'soldier of fortune' who decides to try his hand herding cattle in the 'Wild West', Flynn looks too boyishly handsome to be true...but teamed (yet again!) with Alan Hale and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams (a new 'drinking buddy' for his off-screen carousing), he proves himself more than a match against the desperadoes ever present in these films. When his boss, Col. Dodge (veteran WB character actor Henry O'Neill), needs a man to bring law and order to the town named after him, the fast-shooting, incorruptible Hatton (loosely based on Wyatt Earp), is his only choice.

Of course, with Flynn present, it was nearly inevitable that Olivia de Havilland would be on hand, as well, although a tragedy early in the story would delay their romance for a bit. Meanwhile, corrupt town boss Jeff Surrett (Bruce Cabot, another off-screen pal of Flynn), plots to rid 'his' streets of the annoying crusading sheriff.

Adding to the fun is rising star Ann Sheridan, as a saloon singer who is also Surrett's mistress. In her first film with Flynn, she matches his rakish, 'devil-may-care' attitude, and would go on to make two more movies with him (EDGE OF DARKNESS and SILVER RIVER).

Featuring broad comedy by Hale and Williams (including one of the most memorable barroom brawls in screen history), a terrific large-scale climactic shootout, and Flynn and de Havilland's potent on-screen chemistry, DODGE CITY offered audiences all the elements they expected in a western...with Technicolor (one of the first major westerns to use it), and a famous Max Steiner score, to 'sweeten' the mix.

There is a curious twist at the film's end; Dodge City now tamed, Col. Dodge informs our heroes that another community, Virginia City, needs their help, in what looks like an obvious lead-in for a sequel. While VIRGINIA CITY would be made, in 1940, again directed by Curtiz, with a Max Steiner score that repeated the DODGE CITY themes, and starring Flynn, Hale, and Williams, their names would be different, and the film would NOT be a sequel to DODGE CITY!

With the success of DODGE CITY, Errol Flynn proved his profitability in westerns, which would became a staple of his career. He made a total of eight at the WB over eleven years, and, in fact, made more westerns than swashbucklers OR war movies.

The western 'experiment' completed, Flynn and de Havilland now returned to tights and medieval gowns, to join Bette Davis in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX...

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