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The Black Dakotas (1954)

Approved | | Action, War, Western | 2 September 1954 (USA)
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sends an emissary with a peace treaty to the Sioux Indians. He also sends a gift of $130,000 in gold. This attracts the attention of Brock ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writers:

Ray Buffum (screenplay), DeVallon Scott (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Merrill ... Brock Marsh posing as Zachary Paige
Wanda Hendrix ... Ruth Lawrence
John Bromfield ... Mike Daugherty
Noah Beery Jr. ... Gimpy Joe Woods
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... John Lawrence
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Judge Horatio Baker
Robert F. Simon ... U.S. Marshal Whit Collins (as Robert Simon)
James Griffith ... Warren
Richard Webb ... Frank Gibbs
Peter Whitney ... Grimes
John War Eagle ... Chief War Cloud
Jay Silverheels ... Black Buffalo
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Storyline

During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln sends an emissary with a peace treaty to the Sioux Indians. He also sends a gift of $130,000 in gold. This attracts the attention of Brock Marsh, the secret leader of a Confederate spy ring, who wants to keep the treaty from being signed and to also get his hands on the gold. Ruth Lawrence and Mike Daugherty work together against the machinations of Marsh. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When the Mighty Sioux Nation Beat the DRUMS OF WAR!!!...and the black hills of Dakota roared with the thunder of battle! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Action | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gli sterminatori della prateria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) and Jay Silverheels (Tonto) are both in the cast they do not appear on screen together. See more »

Goofs

During the last confrontation at the stagecoach, Ruth Lawrence is wearing a modern bra. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: During the Civil War, southern sympathizers made desperate efforts to aid the confederacy by inciting indian uprisings against defenseless towns along the western frontier.

The objective was to force large withdrawals of northern troops from the main battlefronts, leaving them more vulnerable to southern attack.

This is the story of one such attempt that took place in Dakota Territory in the year 1864. See more »

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Manages a Few Surprises
2 May 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Complex B-western with shifting loyalties and a few surprises. In the Dakotas, it's Civil War southerners conspiring against northerners for possession of big money, with the Sioux nation as a wild card. Needless to say, you may need a scorecard to keep track. Nonetheless, the screenplay is offbeat and generally unpredictable, always a plus for a western.

There's also some surprisingly graphic violence on-screen, without the usual cut-aways to spare viewer feelings. Merrill's not a typical western lead, but then he's not playing a cowboy. Instead, he's an agent from Washington, but of uncertain loyalty. Watch for Noah Beery Jr. as Gimpy, bringing his usual down-home color to the role. All in all, it's an offbeat little western with some pleasant LA area scenery, which is enough for most of us.


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