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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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(66 articles)
Film Review: ‘Sabotage’
 (From Variety - Film News. 27 March 2014, 12:24 PM, PDT)

Nandan Rao on The Other Men of Dodge City
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 19 February 2014, 1:29 PM, PST)

Andrea Sisson and Pete Ohs on The Other Men of Dodge City
 (From Filmmaker Magazine. 18 February 2014, 7:16 AM, PST)

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Errol Goes West See more (42 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:
Rusty Hart:Well, well. So this is Dodge City, huh? Sort of smells like Fort Worth, don't it?
Wade Hatton:Oh, that's not the city you smell. That's you! We better get you to a bathtub before somebody shoots you for a buffalo.
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Soundtrack:
I'se Gwine Back to DixieSee more »

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34 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Errol Goes West, 9 August 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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