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The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949)

Passed | | Western | 27 May 1949 (USA)
Former Dalton gang member Bill Doolin puts together his own bank-robbing gang but federal Marshals are closing in.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writer:

Kenneth Gamet (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Bill Doolin / Bill Daley
George Macready ... Marshal Sam Hughes
Louise Allbritton ... Rose of Cimarron
John Ireland ... Bitter Creek
Virginia Huston ... Elaine Burton
Charles Kemper ... Thomas 'Arkansas' Jones
Noah Beery Jr. ... Little Bill
Dona Drake ... Cattle Annie
Robert Barrat ... Marshal Heck Thomas (as Robert H. Barrat)
Lee Patrick ... Melissa Price
Griff Barnett ... Deacon Burton
Frank Fenton ... Red Buck
Jock Mahoney ... Tulsa Jack Blake (as Jock O'Mahoney)
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Storyline

When the Daltons are killed at Coffeyville, gang member Bill Doolin arriving late escapes but kills a man. Now wanted for murder, he becomes the leader of the Doolin gang. He eventually leaves the gang and tries to start a new life under a new name. But the old gang members appear and his true identity becomes known. So once again he becomes an outlaw trying to escape from the law. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Greatest outlaw hunt in Oklahoma history !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

$5,000 Reward See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Thomas 'Arkansas' Jones: Bill, that jail ain't big, but it looks harder to get into than most jails is to get out of.
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Remade as The Cimarron Kid (1952) See more »

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Good Complex Western
12 July 2014 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Good Scott western, with lots of action, interesting characters, and a solid script. Doolin (Scott) may be a bankrobber but he's also capable of noble deeds. In short, he's a good-bad guy of the sort the iron-jawed Scott could play to perfection. Here he leads a gang of outlaws whose members are known to us by name. Funny thing about the movies. Even bad guys can be humanized enough so that we care about them. That happens more or less with these gang members.

And get a load of the familiar Alabama Hills that Scott and Buddy Boetticher explored in their great Ranown series of oaters. Director Douglas does some effective staging with the Neolithic slabs, worthy of Boetticher. There're some other good touches by Douglas. I especially like the little boy who stares Scott down in church. I don't think I've seen anything quite like it. Surprisingly, veteran screen baddie George Macready plays a federal marshal, which took some getting used to. And what a sweetheart Virginia Huston is. Who wouldn't give up a life of crime for her. It's that element, I think, that lends the ending such poignancy.

All in all, it's a well done 90-minutes by Columbia, somewhere between an A-production and a B. I'm just sorry Scott never got the recognition as a western star that he deserved.


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