In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
Jim Bender
'Jersey' Thomas
Marko Poli
'Bigtree' Collins
Olive Blakeney ...
Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart ...
Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
Wexton Geary
Anson Stowe (as Robert H. Barrat)


In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender and Bigtree Collins, who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire... trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce, an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin and Carp, board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams ... Written by Les Adams <>

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Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La femme du pionnier  »

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Did You Know?


Jack Roper, who plays the part of a Bouncer in DAKOTA, is actually a well known boxer who had fought Joe Louis for the World Heavyweight boxing championship on April 17, 1939. Jack had fought James Braddock and Jack Dempsey and many other heavyweights of the time. He had 9 "first round" knockouts and a boxing record of 54-44-9 and a total of 27 knockouts in his career. See more »


When Devlin is tossed out of Poli's house, he tumbles down the steps with his head toward the right of the porch. But on the cut to the close-up, he completes the fall with his head toward the left, a complete mismatch from the previous shot. See more »


John Devlin: And speaking of politics, where we're going, there are only two parties: the quick and the dead.
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One of the best of the one hour Republic oaters
24 January 2000 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

This is possibly the best of the one hour movies that John Wayne made for Republic Pictures. From the opening sequence the film moves at a brisk pace. Although the theme is one of helping people protect their lands and their future, there are also lighter moments of comedy.

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