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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

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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Storyline

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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HERE'S raw adventure and dramatic romance! It's an exciting screen thrill! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Corazones sin rumbo See more »

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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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Trivia

Actress Ona Munson was borrowed from Warner Brothers for this production. See more »

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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 »

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John Devlin: Contrary animal, the deer - gentle on the hoof, tough on the plate.
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Coax Me
Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by Ona Munson
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A must for anyone who loves Westerns and John Wayne
23 July 2018 | by iantraderSee all my reviews

It's really interesting to look at some of these old movies from the 40s and 50s. They had a directness and economy of style and language that is lacking in so many movies and TV series these days.

Modern screen writers could learn a lot from watching them. Note, if you will, that few have the same writer and director - a fact that makes them far, far better than the vast majority of writer/director movies these days, certainly at least as far as story goes.

Dakota is typical John Wayne fare. John Wayne plays John Wayne and we love him for it. We know who the good and bad guys are and the script is not without its subtleties. We know who's going to win but not always who the casualties may be.

A (relatively) young Walter Brennan plays, er, Walter Brennan - yes, and that's why we love him! - and the whole thing is packaged in an economy. bite-sized package, ideal Saturday morning fare and, of course, a must for anyone who loves Westerns and John Wayne.

Side note - the plot does, in part, include 'fields of wheat;, a phrase that will resonate (possibly in an ironic way) with viewers in the UK in 2018!


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