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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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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 »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esclavos del oro See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When little Harry Cole pulls his wooden toy gun on Hatton and Co as they enter town, you can plainly see a rubber band attached to it. Rubber bands didn't exist in the 19th century. See more »

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Jeff Surrett: You see, I make $100,000 a year one way or another. Frankly, I don't need that much money. So naturally, I'd be willing to make a deal with anybody that would, uh, well, sort of see things my way. Make a mighty good deal for both of us.
Wade Hatton: You mean a little friendly bribery, huh?
Jeff Surrett: Well, you can catch more flies with molasses than you can with vinegar.
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Nelly Was a Lady
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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Alan Hale while he's taking a bath
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Errol Goes West
9 August 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Errol Flynn in his autobiography said he never understood his popularity in westerns. He never felt he was suited for them in the way Johnny Wayne was (that's right, that's how he referred to the Duke), but that he went with the flow at Warner Brothers.

In addition to giving Flynn technicolor and his favorite leading lady Olivia DeHavilland, Warner Brothers gave him a script with an Indian attack, a wagon train, a saloon brawl, a cattle drive and the usual results when at the end of a cattle drive the cowboys start celebrating and one blazing railroad train. Lots of western clichés, but served up very well indeed.

Bruce Cabot the town boss of Dodge City and henchman Victory Jory make some big money in many ways by keeping the town as rough and wild as possible. These two guys are pretty standard villains for westerns, but they play it with style.

Since this was Flynn's first of eight westerns, Warner Brothers felt it necessary to explain his Aussie accent by saying he was an international soldier of fortune from Ireland. Later westerns wouldn't even bother.

The climax involves Flynn, DeHavilland, and Alan Hale in a burning railroad car shooting it out with the bad guys. You can see it a hundred times and still be thrilled with how our intrepid heroes deal with their situation.

Mention has been made before of the saloon brawl. Possibly one of the biggest filmed on screen. Stock footage was used from it for years in subsequent Warner Brothers films.

Olivia DeHavilland hated this when it was first being made. She was trying at the time to escape playing the crinoline heroine to Errol Flynn and other stars. In truth that's what she is here. She fought for and eventually got the roles worthy of her talents.

But she related on an interview I saw with her that she was at a revival of this and of Robin Hood and seeing both of them again some forty years later and commenting on how well the audience responded, she felt a pride in the work she did. As well she should.


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