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In Kansas during the Civil War, opposing pro-Union and pro-Confederate camps clash and visiting Texan Bob Seton runs afoul of William Cantrell's Raiders.

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Mary McCloud
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Bob Seton
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William 'Will' Cantrell
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Fletch McCloud
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Doc Grunch (as George Hayes)
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Angus McCloud
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Mrs. Cantrell / Mrs. Adams
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Judge Buckner
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Bushropp (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Mrs. Hale
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Dave
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Mr. Hale
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Phil - Guerrilla Guarding Seton (uncredited)
Earl Askam ...
Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Tough (uncredited)
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Juror (uncredited)
Claribel Bressel ...
Child (uncredited)
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Slave Trader (uncredited)
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Brawler (uncredited)
Nora Bush ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman on Balcony (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Burr Caruth ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Juror #3 (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Angry Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
Bobby Crandall ...
Child (uncredited)
Marvin Davis ...
Child (uncredited)
Art Dillard ...
Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Town Leader (uncredited)
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Town Leader (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Child (uncredited)
Charline Flanders ...
Child (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Mildred Gover ...
Ellie - Mary's Maid (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Tough Yankee #2 (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Jury Foreman (uncredited)
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Southerner Orating for Votes (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Guerilla (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
Mike Lally ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Messenger (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Low ...
Juror #2 (uncredited)
Herbert MacGregor ...
Child (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Cantrell Man (uncredited)
Michael Miller ...
Child (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
Dolly Nardon ...
Child (uncredited)
Lawrence Osman ...
Child (uncredited)
Russell Palmer ...
Child (uncredited)
Harvard Peck ...
Child (uncredited)
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Dental Patient #1 (uncredited)
Lee Riggin ...
Child (uncredited)
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Assassin of Angus McCloud (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ...
Tom - McClouds' Servant (uncredited)
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Posse Rider (uncredited)
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Man About to Withdraw Money from Bank (uncredited)
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Tough Yankee #1 (uncredited)
Bob Sáenz ...
Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Angry Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Banker (uncredited)
Ernest Tobey ...
Child (uncredited)
Corinne Varian ...
Child (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Guerrilla (uncredited)
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Man in Fight with Seton (uncredited)
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Yankee (uncredited)

Directed by

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Raoul Walsh

Written by

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Grover Jones ... (screenplay) &
Lionel Houser ... (screenplay) &
F. Hugh Herbert ... (screenplay)
 
W.R. Burnett ... (novel)
 
Jan Fortune ... (adaptation)

Produced by

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Sol C. Siegel ... associate producer

Music by

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Victor Young ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Jack A. Marta ... (photography) (as Jack Marta)

Film Editing by

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William Morgan

Editorial Department

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Murray Seldeen ... supervising editor

Art Direction by

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John Victor Mackay

Costume Design by

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Adele Palmer ... (costumes)

Production Management

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Al Wilson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yakima Canutt ... second unit director (uncredited)
Kenneth Holmes ... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph Kane ... second unit director (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... second unit director (uncredited)

Stunts

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Yakima Canutt ... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunt double: John Wayne (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... stunt double: Walter Pidgeon (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Woodward ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Yrigoyen ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... stunts (uncredited)

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Bud Thackery ... special process photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Charles Bradshaw ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herman Hand ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Additional Crew

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Herbert J. Yates ... presenter
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas, he finds much to like about the place--especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker, but politics is in the air: it's just prior to the Civil War and there is already a sharp division in the Territory as to whether it will remain slavery-free. When he gets the opportunity to run for marshal, Seton finds himself running against respected local schoolteacher William Cantrell. Not all is what it seems, though: While acting as the upstanding citizen in public, Cantrell is dangerously ambitious and prepared to do anything to make his mark, and his fortune, on the Territory. When he loses the race for marshal, he forms a group of raiders who run guns into the territory and rob and terrorize settlers throughout the territory. Eventually donning Confederate uniforms, it is left to Seton and the good citizens of Lawrence to face Cantrell and his raiders in one final clash. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Looking for Adventure? Thrills? Romance? Here they are...in good measure (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Cactus Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - May 27, 1942) See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'escadron noir (France)
  • Mando siniestro (Spain)
  • Väärän lipun alla (Finland)
  • Crna komanda (Yugoslavia, Serbian title)
  • Ο μαύρος ιππότης (Greece)
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  • 94 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Marjorie Main plays the mother of Will Cantrell (Walter Pidgeon) but was only seven years his senior. See more »
Goofs Observing Cantrell's uniform, Bob Seton tells him, "General Beauregard and the Fifth Army are a long ways from here, but that doohickus on your collar says Fifth Army." In the Confederate Army, collar insignia only indicated an officer's rank, not which general's army he belonged to. Furthermore, Civil War armies were not numbered like U.S. forces in the twentieth century, but instead took their names from states, regions, rivers, etc. (ex. the Army of Tennessee, the Army of the Potomac). See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Law of the Golden West (1949). See more »
Soundtracks My Country Tis of Thee See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits prologue: In those years, 1859 and on, in the dusk before the nation plunged into the red night of civil warfare, the plains of Kansas were an earlier battleground. Down from the north, down to Kansas: up from the south, up to Kansas, came hordes - each bent on voting the territory into the Union as its own. The battle cry of the day was - - "On to Kansas." See more »
Quotes William Cantrell: I know what I'm doing, Ma. I'll be running Kansas yet. I'm going clear up to the top. But I'm not going for the climb or the view.
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