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Writer:
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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User Reviews:
"Dodge City Will Be Cleaned Up" See more (44 total) »

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:
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:
Anachronisms: The movie opens with an Atcheson Topeka and Santa Fe train making its first run to Dodge City in 1866. However, Dodge City wasn't founded until 1871, and the ATSF line to Dodge City wasn't completed until 1872.See more »
Quotes:
Wade Hatton:Well, what's the news in Dodge?
Charley:Well, just about the same as always. Gamblin', drinkin', and killin'. Mostly killin'.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of 'Cape Fear' (2001/I) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'se Gwine Back to DixieSee more »

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35 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
"Dodge City Will Be Cleaned Up", 19 March 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Michael Curtiz directed this large-scale western. Colour is used to great effect in this early experiment with the new process. For the first half of the film, while characters and storyline are being established, the Technicolor palette is restrained, keeping mostly to browns and ochres. As Errol Flynn's character, Wade Hatton, emerges as the hero, colour begins to reinforce meaning. Wade wears a succession of impressive shirts (prussian blue, plum). Others wear plaid, but Wade's shirts are each of a single hue, emphasising his monolithic moral certainty. Wade is a bigger man than the others, and he wears a bigger hat.

Dodge is a wild cattle town. The railhead for transport back to the 'civilised' United States, it is the point to which Texan cattle are driven. The interface of rail and hoof is significant. When the cowpokes hit town after weeks on the trail they have a strong inclination to kick up their heels, and bulging pay packets with which to do it. There is no effective law in Dodge, and gunfights are commonplace. Powerful cattle dealers like Jeff Surrett (Bruce Cabot) cheat the merchants with impunity. Dodge City needs a strong, principled man if it is to change its lawless ways.

The film's opening image is a train hurtling westward at full throttle, a symbol of the burgeoning industrial strength of the USA, and of the Manifest Destiny which is already turning America's energies towards the Pacific and obliterating the frontier. We see the train slicing across the magnificent Kansas plains, and 'racing' the stagecoach. Machines are supplanting horses, and the train wins the race.

Olivia de Havilland is at her wide-eyed prettiest as Abbie Erving, the young woman who treks north with the cattle and eventually falls in love with the handsome sherriff. Flynn is an aussie actor playing an Irishman in Kansas, and both he and de Havilland are terrific as the romantic leads. A young Ann Sheridan plays Ruby the showgirl, Alan Hale is Rusty the abstemious cowhand and Ward Bond is Taylor the minor baddie. Victor Jory has fun playing Yancey, the mean ornery villain with the straggly beard.

Wade Hatton personifies the American Way. An immigrant who has done well for himself by dint of hard work, sharp intelligence and plenty of talent, he is fearless when it comes to protecting the weak or righting wrongs. When the call comes to pin on a badge and restore law and order to Dodge City, he doesn't hesitate. Wade stands up to an angry lynch mob, even though the 'victim' is a worthless crook.

A liberal alliance between the new sherriff and the town's newspaper proposes to bring down the evil Surrett. The newspaper's office has a portrait of Abe Lincoln on the wall. Appropriately, a killer is brought to justice because his hand is stained with indelible printer's ink - serving notice on all bad guys that the Press will always be there to expose wrongdoing.

The clowning is well done. Watch for the cowpoke who has his head driven against a post, or Flynn athletically tripping, falling and being hit in the back by a swing door. Rusty preaches temperance, but is gradually overcome by the tempting sounds of the saloon punch-up.

Wade's clean-up policy is depicted skilfully in the scene where a newspaper headline dissolves into the arrival of peaceful settlers by train, showing us neatly how Dodge is being tamed.

Verdict - A good-natured western with appealing performances by Flynn and de Havilland.

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