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Director:
Writers:
Thomson Burtis (original story)
Ethel Hill (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
6 December 1943 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Wildcat Men and their Wildcat Women! See more »
Plot:
In 1906, on Oklahoma's Indian lands, a cowboy fights for oil lease rights against a greedy oilman while a pretty schoolteacher steals both men's hearts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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User Reviews:
Move Over Texaco, The Duke Is Coming See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Daniel F. Somers

Martha Scott ... Catherine Elizabeth Allen

Albert Dekker ... Jim 'Hunk' Gardner

George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Despirit Dean

Marjorie Rambeau ... Bessie Baxter

Dale Evans ... Cuddles Walker

Grant Withers ... Richardson

Sidney Blackmer ... Teddy Roosevelt

Paul Fix ... Cherokee Kid

Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Ames

Irving Bacon ... Ben

Byron Foulger ... Wilkins
Anne O'Neal ... Mrs. Peabody
Richard Graham ... Walter Ames
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stanley Andrews ... Mason - Indian Agent (uncredited)

Charles Arnt ... Joe - Train Conductor (uncredited)

Hooper Atchley ... Witherspoon's Assistant (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Oil Worker on Train (uncredited)
Charles Bates ... Little Sun (uncredited)

Bill Borzage ... Dan's Man - Oiler (uncredited)

Dick Botiller ... Blake - Oiler (uncredited)

Linda Brent ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Yakima Canutt ... Brawler (uncredited)
Jess Cavin ... Barfly (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... McCann - Gardner's Oil Man (uncredited)

George Chandler ... Man on Train (uncredited)

Lane Chandler ... Card Player on Train (uncredited)
Juanita Colteaux ... Dancer (uncredited)

Mary Jane Croft ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Wade Crosby ... Corrigan - Oiler (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Myrna Dell ... Blonde (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Witherspoon's Clerk (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Second Randy Train Passenger (uncredited)

Kenne Duncan ... Indignant Businessman on Train (uncredited)
Pearl Early ... Mrs. Simpson (uncredited)

Frank Ellis ... Farmer (uncredited)

Rhonda Fleming ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Kelsey - Waiter (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Dance-Hall Girl (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Miller - Card Player on Train (uncredited)
Gus Glassmire ... Secretary of the Interior (uncredited)

Fred Graham ... Gardner's Man (uncredited)
Bonnie Jean Hartley ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Waiter (uncredited)
Pat Hogan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Crawford - Oiler (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Dan's Man - Oiler (uncredited)

Jack Kirk ... First Randy Train Passenger (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Gardner's Oil Man (uncredited)

Arthur Loft ... Fenton (uncredited)

Tom London ... Tom - Farmer on Train (uncredited)

LeRoy Mason ... Promoter (uncredited)

Frank McCarroll ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
June Pickerell ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Rebel Randall ... Woman on Train (uncredited)
Jack Raymond ... Oil Worker (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Brawler (uncredited)
Dick Rich ... Card Player on Train (uncredited)

Shirley Jean Rickert ... Dancer (uncredited)
Linda Scott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Charlie Witherspoon (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Scared Wagon Driver (uncredited)

Tom Steele ... Man on Train (uncredited)
Larry Stewart ... Vendor on Train (uncredited)
Oril Taller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... President Roosevelt's Aide (uncredited)

Robert Warwick ... Chief Big Tree (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Man on Train (uncredited)

Harry Woods ... Al Dalton (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert S. Rogell 
 
Writing credits
Thomson Burtis (original story)

Ethel Hill (screenplay) &
Eleanore Griffin (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert North .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Walter Scharf 
 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
 
Film Editing by
Ernest J. Nims  (as Ernest Nims)
 
Art Direction by
Russell Kimball 
 
Set Decoration by
Otto Siegel 
 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yakima Canutt .... second unit director (uncredited)
Philip Ford .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dick Tyler Sr. .... sound (as Dick Tyler)
Howard Wilson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects (as Howard Lydecker Jr.)
 
Stunts
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Babe DeFreest .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Graham .... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons .... stunts (uncredited)
Post Park .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Nellie Walker .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Joseph Dubin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mort Glickman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Sid Davis .... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"War of the Wildcats" - UK (reissue title), USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:M/6 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9542) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 13, 1944 with Martha Scott and Albert Dekker reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: As Wayne's character builds his oil rig and races to strike oil, the words of the months appearing on screen to show time passing are in an art deco font--a strange choice, seeing as the film's story is set in the early 20th century before the Roaring 20s.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) (TV)See more »

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Move Over Texaco, The Duke Is Coming, 6 October 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Plot-- Business tycoon Gardner wants drilling rights on Indian land and he'll use about every trick to get it. But he's up against the local little guys who've pooled their assets to get the same rights. Luckily they see in cowboy drifter Dan Somers a guy with the potential to lead them even if he doesn't see that potential himself. Plus, Dan and Gardner become rivals over the affections of winsome writer Catherine.

That climatic wagon stampede across the flat prairie still has me dizzy. Great action effect that must have employed every stuntman in Hollywood, to say nothing about every wagon. Now, if Dan (Wayne) doesn't get to the government office first, then the scheming Gardner (Dekker) gets the oil millions. Okay, so Dan's got an edge since the government man likes the ladies more than his duties. But, what great rivals Wayne and Dekker make. Each is an imposing presence, even if Wayne puts on his best "aw shucks" act, while Dekker keeps an icy calm. And I love it when they duel gimlet-eye to gimlet-eye. Still, sweet-face Martha Scott gets as much screen time as the guys, so likely Republic was trying to build her into a star. And, of course, where there's Wayne, Gabby Hayes can't be far behind, doing his unforgettable crusty old coot bit. And catch the pre-Roy Dale Evans bringing down the house with as charming a stage number as many an A-musical. No wonder Roy grabbed her.

All in all, it's a spectacular action flick, even if the romantic interludes get a little tiresome. Wayne sure shows his acting chops, more animated than I've seen him. His cowboy Dan goes from just another prairie drifter to hard-driving trail boss in really convincing fashion. And though he'd probably hate the word, he does it in what amounts to winning fashion. And catch that opening sequence in Gardner's private car. It's unusual and superbly done. Republic popped a bundle for this, and it shows up in the colorful crowd scenes (thanks to director Rogell) and big oil well gushers, along with that final stampede.

I'm not sure why this unusual oater is so obscure in the Wayne canon. But in my book it's as good entertainment as any of his many horse operas. And for fans of crashing buckboards, this is the Promised Land.

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