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Dakota (1945)

Passed  -  Comedy | Western  -  25 December 1945 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vera Ralston ...
Sandy Poli (Devlin) (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
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Capt. Bounce
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Jim Bender
Ona Munson ...
'Jersey' Thomas
Hugo Haas ...
Marko Poli
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'Bigtree' Collins
Olive Blakeney ...
Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart ...
Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
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Carp
Grant Withers ...
Slagin
Robert Livingston ...
Lieutenant
Olin Howland ...
Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
Pierre Watkin ...
Wexton Geary
Robert Barrat ...
Anson Stowe (as Robert H. Barrat)
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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Western

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25 December 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La femme du pionnier  »

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Goofs

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 »

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John Devlin: And speaking of politics, where we're going, there are only two parties: the quick and the dead.
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Coax Me
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Sung by Ona Munson
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Those Burning Fields of Wheat
8 June 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Dakota finds John Wayne running off with Vera Hruba Ralston, daughter of railroad magnate Hugo Haas. A whim of Ralston's finds them on the way to Dakota Territory instead of the Duke's planned trip to California.

Before long Wayne finds himself mixed up with the local farmers and their running battle with town boss of Fargo, Ward Bond and his three loathsome sidekicks Mike Mazurki, Paul Fix, and Grant Withers. Mike Mazurki is a particularly nasty individual here, he probably has the best performance in the film.

Dakota was directed by Joseph Kane who directed at Republic a whole lot of Roy Rogers B westerns and he uses the same fast pace here. The running time is only 82 minutes and a Wayne film from Republic was an A product for that studio by 1945.

One big drawback in Dakota is the portrayal by Nick Stewart as Walter Brennan's crew on his river steamboat. It's a pretty bad stereotype one of the worst I've ever seen on film.

Dakota also shamelessly rips off the wheat burning scene from Samuel Goldwyn's The Westerner. I wouldn't be surprised if Goldwyn let Yates use some of the footage from The Westerner for a rental fee.

However fans of John Wayne and of westerns in general will like it.


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