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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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(67 articles)
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Well, well. So this is Dodge City, huh? Sort of smells like Fort Worth, don't it? See more (43 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)
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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


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  • 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:
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:
Revealing mistakes: 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:
Wade Hatton:You know, out here the trail boss has sometimes even got to take the law into his own hands.
Abbie Irving:Oh, yes, pioneering I believe you call it, don't you?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Life Is Like a Mighty RiverSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Well, well. So this is Dodge City, huh? Sort of smells like Fort Worth, don't it?, 15 August 2009
Author: JohnRouseMerriottChard from United Kingdom

"Dodge City, Kansas - 1872. Longhorn cattle center of the world and wide-open Babylon of the American frontier - packed with settlers, thieves and gunmen".

"Dodge City... rolling in wealth from the great Texas trail-herds... the town that knew no ethics but cash and killing".

Enter trail boss Wade Hatton, cunningly disguised as a dashing Errol Flynn........

Dodge City, an all action Western from start to finish, finds Errol Flynn {in his first Western outing} on tip top form. Based around the story of Wyatt Earp, Michael Curtiz's expensively assembled film charms as much today as it did to audiences back in 1939. All the genre staples are holding the piece together, dastardly villains, pretty gals, wagon train, cattle drive, iron horse, Civil War, shoot outs, fist fights and of course an heroic Sheriff. All neatly folded by the astute and impressive Curtiz. Aided by Sol Polito's fluid Technicolor enhanced photography, and Max Steiner's breezy score, Curtiz's set pieces shine as much as they enthral. A burning runaway train and the finest saloon brawl in cinema are the stand outs, but there are many other high points on which to hang the hat of praise.

Very much a male dominated film, it's with the ladies that Dodge City fails to reach greater heights. Olivia de Havilland, who is always a feast for the eyes in Technicolor, disliked her role as Abbie Irving, and it's not hard to see why. There is not much for her to get her teeth into, it's a simple role that demands nothing other than saying the lines and to look pretty. Ann Sheridan as Ruby Gilman gets the more sparky role, but she sadly doesn't get that much screen time. Which is a shame because what little there is of Sheridan is really rather great.

Those problems aside, it's with the guys that Dodge City is rightly remembered. Flynn attacks the role of Hatton with gusto and a glint in his eye. When he straps on the Sheriff badge for the first time it's akin to Clark Kent shredding his suit to become Superman. Yes it's that exciting. Bruce Cabot and Victor Jory are growly and great villains, while comedy relief comes in the fine form of side-kickers Alan Hale and Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams. Dodge City sets out to entertain, and entertain it does. In a year that saw other notable and lauded Westerns also released {Stagecoach, Jesse James and Destry Rides Again} give credit where credit is due, Dodge City deserves its place amongst those offerings. Most assuredly so as well. 8/10

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