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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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It's Errol Flynn In His Greatest Role . . . A picture for every red-blooded son and daughter of the stars and stripes ! See more »


Certificate:

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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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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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Trivia

The fifth of nine movies made together by Warner Brothers' romantic couple Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. See more »

Goofs

Dodge City was named after nearby Fort Dodge, which had been earlier named after Col. Henry Dodge. An early scene in the film inaccurately shows the city named spontaneously upon his arrival and speech in the city. See more »

Quotes

Wade Hatton: You know, out here the trail boss has sometimes even got to take the law into his own hands.
Abbie Irving: Oh, yes, pioneering I believe you call it, don't you?
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Connections

Featured in Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(ca 1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Sung by some patrons in the saloon
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It belongs to the history of the western movies.
16 September 2006 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Dodge City was one of the first westerns in color. Made in 1939, it had a lot of "staying power" I remember it being re-released in the middle fifties, with many people thinking they were seeing a new western. The beginning shows the train arriving in Dodge, racing a stagecoach. Progress is coming, but a couple of years later, it becomes a lawless town. Errol Flynn and his friends will fight to clean up the city. The saloon brawl is the best part of the film and was many times used as stock footage. I saw Dodge City several times, each time enjoying it in a different way. I used to consider it an exciting western, action packed, very violent. Nowadays it has aged, But Dodge City is part of the history of the western movies, and like that it should be looked upon.


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