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Joe Dakota (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 27 October 1957 (USA)
A stranger rides into town and says he is looking for a local Indian. Told he left town, the truth everyone has been hiding comes out including the stranger's true identity.

Director:

Richard Bartlett

Writers:

William Talman (original screenplay), Norman Jolley (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jock Mahoney ... Joe Dakota
Luana Patten ... Jody Weaver
Charles McGraw ... Cal Moore
Barbara Lawrence ... Myrna Weaver
Claude Akins ... Aaron Grant
Lee Van Cleef ... Adam Grant
Anthony Caruso ... Marcus Vizzini
Paul Birch ... Frank Weaver
George Dunn ... Jim Baldwin
Steve Darrell ... Sam Cook
Rita Lynn Rita Lynn ... Rosa Vizzini
Gregg Barton ... Tom Jensen
Anthony Jochim ... Claude Henderson
Jeane Wood Jeane Wood ... Bertha Jensen
Juney Ellis Juney Ellis ... Ethel Cook
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Storyline

In the sparsely populated town of Arborville, California, rides a lone stranger.His name is Joe Dakota and he's looking for an old friend whom he calls The Old Indian.The townsfolk claim the Old Indian had packed up and left town but Joe doubts it.Heading for the old man's farm Joe notices a group of men working on a new oil rig dug right on The Old Indian's property.When Joe starts asking questions about his old friend,the men either clam up or state that the old Indian has sold his land and left town.However,Joe Dakota knew his friend well and is sure that his friend wouldn't have sold his land.Joe decides to stick around and investigate further, despite protests from the townsfolk who want to see the back of Joe.Amid threats,intimidation and lies Joe makes one new friend, Miss Jody Weaver, who is willing to shed some light on The Old Indian's fate. Nevertheless, town baddie Cal Moore, who claims to have purchased The Old Indian's land, is stirring the townsfolk against Joe Dakota. Written by nufs68

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THE WEST'S MOST STARTLING STORY! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Writer Norman Jolley would later adapt his original screenplay for this movie into an episode of the popular western TV series Wagon Train (1957) (Season 6, Episode 34) entitled Wagon Train: Alias Bill Hawks (1963) which aired on May 15, 1963. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Dakota is taking his bath in the horse trough, sometimes that soap bubbles are in front of him, and sometimes they are behind him. See more »

Soundtracks

The Flower of San Antone
Music by Ray Joseph
Lyrics by Mack David
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suspenseful, yet sweet and touching ...
23 January 2000 | by yortsnaveSee all my reviews

I saw this Western movie on afternoon TV when I was a child. I remember it as suspenseful, yet sweet and touching. There's the mystery: who is this Stranger who rides into town, what does he want, and what has happened to the old Indian scout named "Joe Dakota"? What are the townspeople hiding? The sweet and touching ending: the Stranger exposes the injustice that has been done, which leads the townspeople into repentance.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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