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Dakota (1945)

Passed | | Western | 25 December 1945 (USA)
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

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Sandy (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
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Jim Bender
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'Jersey' Thomas
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Marko Poli
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'Bigtree' Collins
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Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart ...
Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
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Carp
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Slagin
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Lieutenant
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Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
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Wexton Geary
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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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THE YEAR'S TOP ACTION ROMANCE! (original ad-all caps) See more »

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La femme du pionnier  »

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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

Sandy Poli: That's papa! He's shooting at us!
John Devlin: All I want to know is: do you take after your papa or mama?
Sandy Poli: Papa always wants to shoot things out. He has no more sense than you have. I do hope he doesn't kill us. He'd never get over it.
John Devlin: Well, I'd feel kind of regretful about it myself.
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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

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Coax Me
Written by 'Andrew Sterling (II)' and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by Ona Munson
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Big John saves the wheat fields.
5 August 2003 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

John Wayne plays a gambler that comes to the aid of wheat farmers being swindled by crooked land grabbers. This is a fast paced 82 minute Republic Pictures movie with an obvious low budget look. A pretty good shoot 'em up though. Other stars include Ward Bond, Walter Brennan and Nick Stewart. Was not impressed with Wayne's love interest Vera Ralston. Burning of the wheat fields is dramatic. And of course The Duke saves the day.


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