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Dakota (1945)

Passed | | Western | 25 December 1945 (USA)
In 1871 Dakota, two crooked businessmen oppose the local wheat farmers and the railroad development, in order to control the town of Fargo.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Lawrence Hazard (screenplay), Howard Estabrook (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... John Devlin
Vera Ralston ... Sandy (as Vera Hruba Ralston)
Walter Brennan ... Captain Bounce
Ward Bond ... Jim Bender
Ona Munson ... 'Jersey' Thomas
Hugo Haas ... Marko Poli
Mike Mazurki ... 'Bigtree' Collins
Olive Blakeney ... Mrs. Stowe
Nick Stewart Nick Stewart ... Nicodemus (as Nicodemus Stewart)
Paul Fix ... Carp
Grant Withers ... Slagin
Robert Livingston ... Lieutenant
Olin Howland ... Devlin's Driver (as Olin Howlin)
Pierre Watkin ... Wexton Geary
Robert Barrat ... Anson Stowe (as Robert H. Barrat)
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Storyline

In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender and Bigtree Collins, who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire... trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce, an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin and Carp, board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

25 December 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Frank Borzage was originally slated to produce and direct this film. See more »

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John Devlin: And speaking of politics, where we're going, there are only two parties: the quick and the dead.
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Coax Me
Written by Andrew B. Sterling and Harry von Tilzer
Sung by Ona Munson
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Enjoyable old western
14 January 2018 | by headhunter46See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this early movie with John Wayne. He was very good in his part I thought. He was truly becoming the guy most Americans Identify with. I read elsewhere that movies Vera Ralston appeared in did not make money. I'm not sure why unless Americans just had a hard time with her accent. She was lovely, acted her part well, even added a good degree of humor from time to time. This movie was released on Christmas day 1945. I wonder if folks were so happy to have the war over and short of cash that they passed on the movie for those two reasons. John was well liked by then so he should have been a box office draw,0 and Vera was not well known such that she would be a deterrent.

Anyway, I liked it. Hope you do too.

I found it on Youtube. It had two or three short commercials, just a bit distracting not too bad.


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