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Dodge City (1939)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 8 April 1939 (USA)
A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Robert Buckner (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... Wade Hatton
Olivia de Havilland ... Abbie Irving
Ann Sheridan ... Ruby Gilman
Bruce Cabot ... Jeff Surrett
Frank McHugh ... Joe Clemens
Alan Hale ... Algernon 'Rusty' Hart
John Litel ... Matt Cole
Henry Travers ... Dr. Irving
Henry O'Neill ... Col. Dodge
Victor Jory ... Yancey
William Lundigan ... Lee Irving
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Tex Baird
Bobs Watson ... Harry Cole
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Cole
Douglas Fowley ... Munger
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Storyline

Dodge City. A wide-open cattle town run by Jeff Surrett. Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do. What the place needs is a fearless honest Marshal. A guy like Wade Hatton, who helped bring the railroad in. It may not help that he fancies Abbie Irving, who won't have anything to do with him since he had to shoot her brother. But that's the West. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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West of Chicago there was no law! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the scene where Flynn confronts the villains at the cattle auction, his Australian accent is quite apparent when he says "G'day" as he walks away. See more »

Goofs

During a gunfight scene a wagon pulls into field of fire. The passengers are obviously dummies. All sit perfectly still and upright, however one of their heads wobbles about quite noticeably. It was probably decided that it would be safer to use dummies, but it's just blatantly obvious. See more »

Quotes

Wade Hatton: Miss Irving. I'll not be troubling you with any further apologies. But I would like you to know that if ever I can be of any service to you, I shall be only too happy.
Abbie Irving: Thank you. The only way you can be of service to me is to keep out of my sight.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Errol Flynn (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Marching Through Georgia
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Henry Clay Work
Sung by saloon patrons in competition with "Dixie's Land"
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Good early Flynn western in need of color restoration...
4 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

'Dodge City' is a slambang western complete with cattle stampedes, runaway trains on fire, saloon fights and all kinds of mayhem--enough action to satisfy the Saturday matinee audiences for which it was probably intended. The taming of the wicked city of the west is left to Errol Flynn, the new sheriff who has to convince the pretty newspaperwoman (de Havilland) that he is not the man she despises for shooting her errant brother (William Lundigan). Ann Sheridan has a cameo role as the saloon singer girlfriend of Bruce Cabot, the main villain of the piece. All of it is photographed in early technicolor that must have been a lot better than current video prints would have us believe. Some of the outdoor scenes are fine but the interiors have a muddy look. Max Steiner has provided a lusty background score for this very robust entertainment that will probably please fans of Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland--but it is definitely not their best venture together. Their main love scene while on an outdoor horseback ride in the country is charmingly done--clearly their chemistry made them an ideal screen team. As usual, all of the proceedings are directed with gusto by Michael Curtiz. One of the comedy highlights features Alan Hale who finds himself as the only male attending a women's temperance meeting--before the screen's wildest saloon fight breaks out next door. Fair entertainment but not as solid as it could have been. Compare the color photography to another Flynn western, 'San Antonio' (seven years later)and observe the vast improvement in technicolor photography. Needs restoration for future video prints.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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