Death Valley Days (1952–1970)
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The Battle of San Francisco Bay 

After a mob takes control of the docks of San Francisco, Captain David Farragut formulates a plan to enable the Navy to regain control.

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June Dayton ...
Virginia Farragut
William Douglas ...
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William Bramley ...
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After a mob takes control of the docks of San Francisco, Captain David Farragut formulates a plan to enable the Navy to regain control.

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18 March 1965 (USA)  »

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David Farragut: They won't fire. I left orders they were just to show the flag.
J. D. Calhoun: Then you were bluffing.
David Farragut: Let's just say I had confidence in my junior officer - and he made it with about two minutes to spare.
J. D. Calhoun: I don't *ever* want to play poker with you, Captain Farragut.
David Farragut: I don't gamble. I can't afford to on a Navy captain's pay.
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The early career of David Glasgow Farragut
8 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In one of his last acting assignments before leaving show business for politics, Ronald Reagan played David Glasgow Farragut just a naval lieutenant in 1856 on a desultory peace time assignment in San Francisco. Farragut is bemoaning the lack of action in that it offers no chance for advancement in rank. He's considering resignation and tells wife June Dayton so.

But when the civil law breaks down in San Francisco and the Vigilance Committee gets started again Farragut responds to a call from the nabobs of Nob Hill and threatens to reduce the Barbary Coast to a rubble if illegally held prisoners aren't released.

I'm sure there was a backstory to all of this and the half hour format for Death Valley Days didn't allow for the telling. Still Reagan cut an impressive figure as then Lieutenant Farragut the future hero of Mobile Bay.


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