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Dakota (1945)

Passed | | Western | 25 December 1945 (USA)
In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screenplay), Howard Estabrook (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... John Devlin
Vera Ralston ... Sandy (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
Walter Brennan ... Captain Bounce
Ward Bond ... Jim Bender
Ona Munson ... 'Jersey' Thomas
Hugo Haas ... Marko Poli
Mike Mazurki ... 'Bigtree' Collins
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Paul Fix ... Carp
Grant Withers ... Slagin
Robert Livingston ... Lieutenant
Olin Howland ... Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
Pierre Watkin ... Wexton Geary
Robert Barrat ... Anson Stowe (as Robert H. Barrat)
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In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender and Bigtree Collins, who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire... trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce, an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin and Carp, board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Western

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Frank Borzage was originally slated to produce and direct this film. See more »

Goofs

When Devlin is tossed out of Poli's house, he tumbles down the steps with his head toward the right of the porch. But on the cut to the close-up, he completes the fall with his head toward the left, a complete mismatch from the previous shot. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Poli: That's papa! He's shooting at us!
John Devlin: All I want to know is: do you take after your papa or mama?
Sandy Poli: Papa always wants to shoot things out. He has no more sense than you have. I do hope he doesn't kill us. He'd never get over it.
John Devlin: Well, I'd feel kind of regretful about it myself.
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Featured in 100 Years of John Wayne (2007) See more »

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Coax Me
Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by Ona Munson
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It is Vera Hruba Ralston that commands.
3 August 2005 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

Vera Ralston was an actress that was cast into films because she was married to the big boss of Republic. In Dakota she comes out surprisingly well as Sandy Poli a determined woman, daughter of a millionaire who marries John Wayne. He wants to go to California, but she chooses Dakota and from then on she is the one who makes the most important decisions for the couple. It is not usual to see John Wayne in this situation but it makes the film more interesting. There are two familiar actors also, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. It is remarkable that with a low budget they made quite a convincing scenery of what Fargo,Dakota must have looked like. The movie is quite entertaining except for the fact also mentioned in one of the comments, that they make too much use of scenes taking place at night. No need for that, it only makes it harder to understand what is going on.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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