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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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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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ROMANCE AND EXCITEMENT! Fighting Bravely...Living Recklessly...Loving Tempestuously...here's the story of the men and women who stormed across the country to carve an empire out of the wilderness! (original ad) See more »

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25 December 1945 (USA)  »

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La femme du pionnier  »

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Frank Borzage was originally slated to produce and direct this film. See more »

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
Written by 'Andrew Sterling (II)' and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by Ona Munson
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Mild Wayne Western
6 March 2010 | by See all my reviews

John Wayne elopes with the daughter of a wealthy immigrant family. Taking off for Fargo, he squares off against nasty Ward Bond, who had his life-savings stolen and is in the process of taking land in anticipation of the coming railroad.

One of the minor Republic vehicles the Duke cranked out in the nineteen-forties, this starts out well, though it runs out of steam mid-way, ending up being okay but unspectacular and unmemorable.

Production values and performances are good, but this seems bloated, even at 83 minutes. Republic should have tightened it up and made it one of their hour-long programmers.

The best thing about this is crusty, old riverboat captain Walter Brennan. He and his sidekick almost steal the movie.


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