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The Man from Dakota (1940)

Approved | | Drama, History, War | 16 February 1940 (USA)
During the Civil War a beautiful woman helps two Union spies cross into the Confederacy and gather information.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Sgt. 'Bar' Barstow
Lt. Oliver Clark
Eugenia 'Jenny' Sanford
Mr. Vestry (Union sympathizer)
Parson Summers (Campbellite sect)
Confederate Provost Marshal
Frederick Burton ...
Campbellite religious leader
Union soldier who murders Carpenter
Mr. Carpenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Col. Borodin (scenes deleted)
Surgeon (scenes deleted)
Louise Robinson ...
Slave Woman (scenes deleted)
Undetermined Supporting Role (scenes deleted)


During the Civil War a beautiful woman helps two Union spies cross into the Confederacy and gather information.

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Drama | History | War | Western


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Release Date:

16 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arouse and Beware  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its television premiere in Los Angeles Friday 4 January 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Saturday 2 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); it was first shown in San Francisco 11 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally in New York City 24 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Same Old Man
28 September 2011 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Wallace Beery stars in this handsomely mounted MGM programmer, playing the gruff, old rowdy that he had made a specialty of for much of the last ten years of his career. The story, which somehow seems to involve Russian spies during the American Civil War, is most interesting for Ray June's handsome and darkly back-lit cinematography that shows off co-star Dolores Del Rio's beauty and John Howard's good looks. He favors simple compositions in this effort, which was cheaper to shoot -- although MGM boasted that it had no B units, this programmer is a classy B and no mistake about it. Beery was still a star, but....

Director Leslie Fenton started as an actor, went through the MGM shorts department, directing several of the CRIME DOES NOT PAY series, and then rose to features. He bounced around a bit and his movie career ended a decade later at Paramount. John Howard was best known for playing Bulldog Drummond in the 1930s and while a competent actor, never quite rose to be a star and Del Rio returned to Mexico after this to be a major star there, as she had been in 1920s Hollywood. The collaborators here have produced a pleasant, lightweight programmer that will please their fans.

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