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Badlands of Dakota (1941)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 September 1941 (USA)
Indian raids are being perpetrated by an outlaw gang in disguise.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Harold Shumate (story), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Jim Holliday
Ann Rutherford ... Anne Grayson
Richard Dix ... Wild Bill Hickok
Frances Farmer ... Jane
Broderick Crawford ... Bob Holliday
Hugh Herbert ... Rocky Plummer
Andy Devine ... Spearfish
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Jack McCall
Fuzzy Knight ... Hurricane Harry
Addison Richards ... Gen. George Custer
The Jesters The Jesters ... 1876 Saloon Entertainers
Dwight Latham Dwight Latham ... Member, The Jesters
Walter Carlson Walter Carlson ... Member, The Jesters
Guy Bonham Guy Bonham ... Member, The Jesters
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Bob Holliday (Broderick Crawford), owner of the Bella Union saloon in Deadwood, sends his younger brother, Jim Holliday (Robert Stack), to St. Louis, Missouri to escort back Anne Grayson (Ann Rutherford), Bob's childhood sweetheart. On the riverboat journey back to Deadwood, Jim and Anne fall in love and are married by the riverboat captain. Whe Bob learns of this he is outraged and goes on a drunken binge and is beat up by the ruthless Jack McCall (Lon Chaney, Jr.) and is saved by a teamster called and known only as Jane (Frances Farmer). She loves Bob and has thought she and Bob would get married. Bitter Bob joins McCall's renegades who, disguised as Indians, rob the stagecoach gold shipments , aided by information supplied by Ransome (Bradley Page), the local agent for the stagecoach line. To end the lawlessness, leading citizens of the town decide to hire a town marshal. When Wild Bill Hickok, turns down the job, Bob suggests that the unqualified Jim be given the job. Bob thinks ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Deadwood City -- where a slow draw meant a fast death! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventureros de Dakota See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character played by Frances Farmer, as seen on the film, is just Jane, Nowhere in this film is she called Calamity Jane and nowhere is there a reference to Calamity Jane...and nowhere in this film is the word 'calamity' uttered. Albeit, the film has one calamity after another. The keyword...calamity-jane-type-character... is applicable. See more »

Quotes

Calamity Jane: I want to see what a "lady" looks like.
Anne Grayson: Well really, I...
Jim Holliday: Jane, there's been a mistake.
Calamity Jane: A big mistake. So you thought you could horn in, did ya? Well, there ain't no place in this camp for ladies. You're going out on the next stage.
Jim Holliday: [to Anne] Oh, this is Jane, eh...
Calamity Jane: Never mind the introductions. I'll tell her who I am. Me and Bob helped settle this town. We trapped for food 'fore the wagon trains come, and we fought Indians 'fore there were soldiers. And when the smallpox hit us, I nursed him ...
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Edited from Riders of Death Valley (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

McNamara's Band
(uncredited)
Music by Shamus O'Connor
Lyrics by John J. Stamford
Performed by The Jesters
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this oater is not quite a substantial meal
28 September 2002 | by benglesonSee all my reviews

Like a number of his earlier works, Badlands of Dakota assisted Broderick Crawford to develop the pained, overachieving Willie Stark he so absorbingly played in ALL THE KINGS MEN. The warpaint he occasionally dons does detract from the seriousness of his delivery but with plot twists like the finale, the paint probably was a welcome cover for his embarrassment. What I did like about the film was the restrained performance of Richard Dix as Wild Bill Hickok and the raw and bitter characterization of Calamity Jane by the exquisite and doomed France Farmer. The film is worth the time spent watching it if only to watch Farmer's swaggering scenes and to hear her deep and soothing voice.


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