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(1939)

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Errol Flynn's first western. He always felt miscast in the genre due to his English accent.
Country rock band Pure Prairie League, which had a mid-'70s hit called "Amie" and later employed future country star Vince Gill as lead singer for hits like "Let Me Love You Tonight" and "I'm Almost Ready," took their name from a temperance union portrayed in this film.
Wade Hatton was based on Wyatt Earp.
The fifth of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn.
Olivia de Havilland regarded the project as a career letdown. She was tired of the string of ingenue parts Warners steadily provided, and her preference for the saloon singer role that went to Ann Sheridan went unheeded. "It was a period in which she was given to constant fits of crying and long days spent at home in bed," declared Tony Thomas in "The Films of Olivia de Havilland" (Citadel Press). "She was bored with her work and while making 'Dodge City' she claims that she even had trouble remembering her lines."
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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.
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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. He starred as Col. Edward McCauley in the television series Men Into Space (1959).
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Warner Bros. chartered a special 16-car train that transported at least 36 reporters to Dodge City, KS, for the film's premiere. Along the way an unscheduled stop was made in Pasadena so that Olivia de Havilland could leave the train and report for work on Gone with the Wind (1939). The studio also sent a Technicolor crew to film the premiere, which was attended by Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. and over 70,000 visitors that had come to the city to celebrate the premiere.
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The music played in the saloon by the piano player was later recycled into a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Daffy Duck cartoon entitled Drip-Along Daffy (1951), a western spoof.
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The barroom brawl was supposedly the largest ever filmed.
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Georgia Caine replaced Elisabeth Risdon in the role of Mrs. Irving.
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Body Count: 10.
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