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The Black Dakotas (1954)

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During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sends an emissary with a peace treaty to the Sioux Indians. He also sends a gift of $130,000 in gold. This attracts the attention of Brock ... See full summary »

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Brock Marsh posing as Zachary Paige
Wanda Hendrix ...
Ruth Lawrence
John Bromfield ...
Mike Daugherty
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Gimpy Joe Woods
Fay Roope ...
John Lawrence
Howard Wendell ...
Judge Horatio Baker
Robert F. Simon ...
U.S. Marshal Whit Collins (as Robert Simon)
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Richard Webb ...
Frank Gibbs
Peter Whitney ...
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John War Eagle ...
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During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sends an emissary with a peace treaty to the Sioux Indians. He also sends a gift of $130,000 in gold. This attracts the attention of Brock Marsh, the secret leader of a Confederate spy ring, who wants to keep the treaty from being signed and to also get his hands on the gold. Ruth Lawrence and Mike Daugherty work together against the machinations of Marsh. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 September 1954 (USA)  »

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Gli sterminatori della prateria  »

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The firearms used throughout the movie post-date the American Civil War. These include Colt Single-Action Army revolvers (a.k.a. Peacemakers) and various Winchester lever-action rifles. See more »

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Manages a Few Surprises
2 May 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Complex B-western with shifting loyalties and a few surprises. In the Dakotas, it's Civil War southerners conspiring against northerners for possession of big money, with the Sioux nation as a wild card. Needless to say, you may need a scorecard to keep track. Nonetheless, the screenplay is offbeat and generally unpredictable, always a plus for a western.

There's also some surprisingly graphic violence on-screen, without the usual cut-aways to spare viewer feelings. Merrill's not a typical western lead, but then he's not playing a cowboy. Instead, he's an agent from Washington, but of uncertain loyalty. Watch for Noah Beery Jr. as Gimpy, bringing his usual down-home color to the role. All in all, it's an offbeat little western with some pleasant LA area scenery, which is enough for most of us.


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