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When the Daltons Rode (1940)

Approved | | Western | 1940 (UK)
Fictionalized story of how the Dalton brothers were wronged by a crooked development company and became outlaws when the corrupt local courts offered them no justice.

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Tod Jackson
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Julie King
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Caleb Winters
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Ozark
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Emmett Dalton
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Ma Dalton
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Rigby
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Wilson
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Hannah
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Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Wanted dead or alive screamed the nation when the Daltons rode.

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Just as Bob Dalton jumps on the stagecoach from the large rock, the coach driver flinches before he even sees Bob jumping on him. See more »

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Towards the end of the 19th Century in America, civilization surges ever west and in it's wake, came that inseparable pair, INJUSTICE and CRIME. In the history of the reckless violence that seized Kansas and Oklahoma, no name carried more terror than DALTON. There were more famous outlaws, but none more daring, none more desperate.

This, then, is the story of the Dalton brothers, based, to a large extent, on the tales that the old settlers still tell of them-woven together with strands of fiction. But, so incredible were the Daltons, that no man can say where fact ends and fancy begins. See more »

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Featured in Gunfighters of the Old West (1992) See more »

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Randy Never Fires Any Weapon
25 August 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In a strange role for Randolph Scott in a western, he never wears or fires a gun in When The Daltons Rode. In fact he's not even a Dalton brother just a family friend who falls for Kay Francis and she for him. But Kay's the girlfriend of Broderick Crawford one of the Dalton Brothers.

And it's especially strange that for a western that gets a lot of action into its 81 minute running time that Randolph Scott is no part of it.

The Daltons are played by Crawford, Brian Donlevy, Stu Erwin, and Frank Albertson. Though the plot is taken purportedly from the book authored by Emmet Dalton, it seems to have been more lifted from the 20th Century Fox film Jesse James. The Daltons together with their mother own a farm near Coffeyville, Kansas. A land holding company fronted by Harvey Stephens but really controlled by George Bancroft is after the Dalton farm to sell it to the railroad for a right of way. When a surveyor is killed accidentally Erwin, Donlevy, and Albertson are arrested. When it looks like the case is not going their way, despite Randolph Scott's defense of them, they break loose and turn outlaw. The rest of the film is almost a non-stop action view of their outlaw exploits until the legendary showdown in Coffeyville.

George Marshall keeps the action at one lively pace and the comic relief is supplied by, would you believe an amorous Andy Devine playing a Dalton friend and fellow outlaw.

But Randolph Scott in a suit, who'd have believed it.


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