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Dawn on the Great Divide (1942)

Approved | | Western | 18 December 1942 (USA)
Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.



(screenplay) (as Jess Bowers), (story "Wheels of Fire")

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Roberts
Mona Barrie ...
Sadie Rand
Raymond Hatton ...
Terry Wallace
Maude Eburne ...
Sarah Harkins
Christine McIntyre ...
Mary Harkins - Sarah's Daughter
Mrs. Elmira Corkle
Robert Frazer ...
Judge John Corkle
Harry Woods ...
Jim Corkle - Judge's Brother
Matt Rand (as Tris Coffin)
Lee Shumway ...
Joe Wallace - Railroad Official
Chuck Loder
Steve Clark ...
Alex Kirby - Carson's Messenger
Warren Jackson ...
Fred Cooke - Bartender


Buck Roberts is leading a wagon train of railroad supplies and Jim Corkle and his henchman Loder are out to stop them by using white men dressed as Indians for the attacks.

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Amanhecer na Fronteira  »

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Final film of Buck Jones. See more »


Follows Arizona Bound (1941) See more »


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Music by Thomas Hastings
Words by Augustus Montague Toplady
Sung by Mona Barrie
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Jones' finale.
18 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is Buck Jones' last film. Sadly, the guy would die soon after this in a fire--along with a lot of other innocent folks. While it's not among his best films, it is a solid B movie and a decent way for him to end his career.

The film does NOT start off well. It has many moments where folks give long expositions instead of talking naturally or allowing things to happen normally. Often, folks just start talking to their friends--giving them back story that the friend SHOULD already know but which is provided for the audience. It's very unnatural and is a case of bad writing. Fortunately, the rest of the film is a bit better. The plot is the standard greedy baddie who wants to destroy and steal-- all hiding in the guise of his men dressed up as American Indians.

So why did I still give this one a 5? Well, there are more than the usual number of scenes which are sentimental and show character development. Plus, the story has a few nice moments. Worth seeing if you are a Buck Jones fan.

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