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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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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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THE YEAR'S TOP ACTION ROMANCE! (original ad-all caps) 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 »

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

John Devlin: And speaking of politics, where we're going, there are only two parties: the quick and the dead.
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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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A moderately enjoyable Christmas gift, for fans of Westerns and John Wayne!
6 May 2016 | by talisencrwSee all my reviews

This was one of those B-movie Westerns John Wayne had to pay his dues, and learn his craft in, on his way to superstardom and becoming a household name. His acting chops, while coming along and becoming more multidimensional, are still developing, and he gets by more or less on his charisma and big smile. Joseph Kane provides decent, pedestrian direction--all of the exciting scenes are directed by Wayne's longtime associate, Yakima Canutt (the one who would later direct the outstanding chariot race in 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ'), and Vera Ralston is great as the loving wife who just seems to do the wrong thing at the worst possible time.

Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki are excellent as the bad guys, and Walter Brennan (as the most bipolar ship captain one will EVER find in cinema) and Nick Stewart (as his harped-on assistant) steal every scene they're in. Ona Munson even throws in an entertaining song-and-dance number, and provides an interesting love possibility for Wayne, if he wasn't such a one-woman guy.

This was released on Christmas Day in the States, and it's no lump of coal in one's stocking, but a small, likable gift for fans of the genre. Worth a watch if you like Westerns, and a purchase and rewatch for Wayne enthusiasts.


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