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The Dakota Kid (1951)

Approved | | Western | 1 July 1951 (USA)
The Dakota Kid (Danny Morton as Dann Morton) is a young outlaw who joins a gang headed by Ace Crandall (Robert Shayne). Crandall's aim is to unseat Sheriff Tom White (James Bell) and then ... See full summary »


Philip Ford


William Lively




Complete credited cast:
Michael Chapin ... Red White
Eilene Janssen ... Judy Dawson
James Bell ... Sheriff Tom White
Danny Morton Danny Morton ... Dakota Kid (as Dann Morton)
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Mary Lewis
Robert Shayne ... Ace Crandall
Roy Barcroft ... Henchman Turk Smith
Mauritz Hugo ... Squire Mason
House Peters Jr. ... Sam Dawson
Lee Bennett ... Cole White
Mike Ragan ... Messenger (as Michael Ragan)


The Dakota Kid (Danny Morton as Dann Morton) is a young outlaw who joins a gang headed by Ace Crandall (Robert Shayne). Crandall's aim is to unseat Sheriff Tom White (James Bell) and then use his power to enrich himself at the community's expense. Dakota impersonates a long-lost nephew of the sheriff, and is made a marshal. Through his association with the sheriff's grandson, Red White (Michael Chapin) and his friend Judy (Eilene Janssen), plus falling in love with Mary Lewis (Margaret Field), the Kid gradually reforms. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 July 1951 (USA) See more »


Box Office


$52,471 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Followed by Arizona Manhunt (1951) See more »


What Are Cowboys Made Of
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Eddie Cherkose
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A family masquerade
2 August 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Dakota Kid was the second of four films where kids were the leading characters. Young Michael Chapin and his friend Eilene Janssen played a pair of adolescents who probably were the ideals of many front row kids, that is those that had not been lost to the small screen westerns.

The title role is played by Dann Morton who is an outlaw recruited by Robert Shayne and Roy Barcroft to take the place of the sheriff James Bell's nephew whose been sent for to help his uncle out. He's not seen him since he was a small child so the masquerade works. But Morton would like to really change, but he is a wanted outlaw.

Bell is also Chapin's grandfather as well as sheriff and Chapin and Janssen take a liking to Morton also.

Not just code parameters, but the fact that this film is marketed for the kids make it impossible for these outlaws to do certain things. Nevertheless both Shayne and Barcroft packed enough menace into their performances.

The Code also hampers the film overall. Still it's not a bad kid's feature if you can get used to adolescent Chapin packing heat.

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