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In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

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John Devlin
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Sandy (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
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Captain Bounce
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Jim Bender
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'Jersey' Thomas
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Marko Poli
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'Bigtree' Collins
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Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart ...
Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
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Carp
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Slagin
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Lieutenant
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Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
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Wexton Geary
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Anson Stowe (as Robert H. Barrat)
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Col. Wordin
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Little Boy (as Bobby Blake)
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Captain Spotts
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Stagecoach Driver
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Mrs. Plummer
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Suade
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Mr. Plummer
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Dr. Judson
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Wahtonka
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Poli's Driver
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Train Passenger (uncredited)
Melva Anstead ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Ivan Bell ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ...
Italian (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
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Farmer at Meeting (uncredited)
Lucille Byron ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Martha Carroll ...
Entertainer (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
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Nora (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Peter Cusanelli ...
Italian (uncredited)
Rube Dalroy ...
Barfly (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Geraldine Farnum ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Entertainer (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Bouncer (uncredited)
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Entertainer (uncredited)
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Roughneck in Saloon (uncredited)
Harriette Haddon ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Rosemonde James ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Russ Kaplan ...
Bouncer (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Marian Kerrigan ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Railroad Conductor (uncredited)
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Old-timer (uncredited)
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Bouncer (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Art Miles ...
Ciano (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Trainman (uncredited)
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Bartender (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Beverly Reedy ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Roper ...
Bouncer (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ...
Italian Farmer (uncredited)
Betty Shaw ...
Entertainer (uncredited)
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Gambler (uncredited)
Dorothy Stevens ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Railroad Clerk (uncredited)
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Entertainer (uncredited)
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Poli's Footman (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Frenchman (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
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Russian (uncredited)
Virginia Wave ...
Entertainer (uncredited)
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Roughneck in Saloon (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ...
Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by

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Joseph Kane

Written by

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Lawrence Hazard ... (screenplay)
 
Howard Estabrook ... (adaptation)
 
Carl Foreman ... (original story)

Produced by

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Joseph Kane ... associate producer

Music by

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Walter Scharf ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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

Film Editing by

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Fred Allen

Art Direction by

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Gano Chittenden
Russell Kimball

Set Decoration by

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John McCarthy Jr.
James Redd

Costume Design by

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Adele Palmer

Makeup Department

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Peggy Gray ... hair stylist
Bob Mark ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Yakima Canutt ... second unit director
Allen K. Wood ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Fred Stahl ... sound

Special Effects by

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Howard Lydecker ... special effects
Theodore Lydecker ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Gordon Schaefer ... transparency projection shots (uncredited)

Stunts

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Yakima Canutt ... stunt double (uncredited)
Bobbie Dorree ... stunt double (uncredited)
Fred Graham ... stunt double (uncredited)
Cliff Lyons ... stunt double (uncredited)

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Nels Mathias ... key grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Eugene Joseff ... jeweller (uncredited)

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Walter Scharf ... musical director
R. Dale Butts ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Joseph Dubin ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Mort Glickman ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell ... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Stransky Jr. ... music mixer (uncredited)

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Larry Ceballos ... choreographer
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
Andrew V. McLaglen ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 with the wheat farmers against the Bender gang. Several attempts are made on his life and Collins tries to frame him for murder. Written by Les Adams

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Taglines starring JOHN WAYNE - The Screen's Greatest Adventure Star! featuring VERA RALSTON - The Screen's Most Beautiful Woman! (re-issue poster) See more »
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Also Known As
  • La femme du pionnier (France)
  • Incidente en Dakota (Spain)
  • Liebe in der Wildnis (West Germany)
  • Cowboy-Liebe (West Germany)
  • ダコタ高原 (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 82 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Jack Roper, who plays the part of a Bouncer in DAKOTA, is actually a well known boxer who had fought Joe Louis for the World Heavyweight boxing championship on April 17, 1939. Jack had fought James Braddock and Jack Dempsey and many other heavyweights of the time. He had 9 "first round" knockouts and a boxing record of 54-44-9 and a total of 27 knockouts in his career. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in John Wayne: American Hero of the Movies (1990). See more »
Soundtracks Coax Me 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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