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Joe Dakota (1957)

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A stranger rides into town and says he is looking for a local Indian. Told he left town, the truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity.


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Complete credited cast:
Jock Mahoney ...
Joe Dakota
Luana Patten ...
Jody Weaver
Cal Moore
Barbara Lawrence ...
Myrna Weaver
Aaron Grant
Adam Grant
Marcus Vizzini
Paul Birch ...
Frank Weaver
George Dunn ...
Jim Baldwin
Steve Darrell ...
Sam Cook
Rita Lynn ...
Rosa Vizzini
Gregg Barton ...
Tom Jensen
Anthony Jochim ...
Claude Henderson
Jeane Wood ...
Bertha Jensen
Juney Ellis ...
Ethel Cook


A stranger rides into town and says he is looking for a local Indian. Told he left town, the truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity.

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WHY did This Town Without a Conscience...Fear This Man Without a Name? What evil did they try to hide from him?


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

September 1957 (USA)  »

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The Flower of San Antone
Music by Ray Joseph
Lyrics by Mack David
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Manages Some Good Touches
1 February 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A mysterious stranger (Mahoney) comes to town asking after the whereabouts of former resident Joe Dakota. Townsfolk are not very obliging, which seems to have something to do with a recently drilled oil well and who owns it.

The movie year 1957 was saturated with westerns. This one tries to be different, and largely succeeds. Notice that no one—not even arch-movie villains Van Cleef or Akins—sports a six- gun. And, unless I missed something, not even a single shot is fired. Add to that an oil well, of all things, plus a woebegone little prairie town that's definitely not a studio set, and you've got a different looking western.

Then too, the first part manages some pretty good low-key humor; at the same time, Mahoney gets an oil bath, courtesy the townsfolk, that leaves him looking like a human inkblot. For a western, however, there's not much action and none of the usual suspense of good-guy vs. bad-guy showdown. And truth be told, the basic plot is borrowed from 1955's mega-hit Bad Day at Black Rock. But the writers have added enough clever twists and turns to keep the viewer entertained. All in all, it's an interesting, if not very intense, little western.

(In passing—I checked to see if the oil well was an anachronism for this time period. It's not. The first well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859. Also, note that William Tallman who played the DA on the old Perry Mason series is one of the two screenwriters here.)

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