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The Black Dakotas (1954)

Approved | | Action, War, Western | 2 September 1954 (USA)
During the American Civil War, Confederate spies aim to steal Union gold intended for the peace treaty with the Sioux and thus pit the Indians against the Union Forces.


Ray Nazarro


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




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


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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THE GREAT CRISIS OF THE NORTHWEST! (original poster) See more »


Action | War | Western


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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is purely accidental and unintentional. See more »


During the fight between Brock Marsh (posing as Zachary Paige) and Sioux Indian Spotted Deer, the flaming torch used as a weapon by Spotted Deer goes out at one point and then is seen burning again. 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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So-so film with interesting cast
18 May 2006 | by revdrcacSee all my reviews

This color western from the 1950's is most notable for a rare, non-Lone Ranger appearance by Clayton Moore (unbilled) and Jay Silverheels. The story is engaging but most of the cast seems detached from their performances.

Jay Silverheels stands out in a great role as the Native-American leader. Gary Merrill does the best with the script given him. the action scenes are well-staged and help move the average script along.The storyline is a familiar one, but the top-notch production value makes this one worth checking out This is not a great western, but there are worse ways to kill an hour of your free time.

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Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dakotele negre See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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