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Dakota Lil (1950)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Music | 19 August 1950 (Mexico)
Female outlaw helps lawmen trap railroad bandits.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Maurice Geraghty (screenplay), Frank Gruber (based on story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Tom Horn / Steve Garrett
Rod Cameron ... Harve Logan / Kid Curry
Marie Windsor ... Dakota Lil
John Emery ... Vincent
Wallace Ford ... Carter
Jack Lambert ... Dummy
Larry Johns Larry Johns ... Sheriff
Marion Martin ... Blonde Singer
James Flavin ... Secret Service Chief
Walter Sande ... Butch Cassidy
Lillian Bronson ... Sheriff's Wife
Kenneth MacDonald ... Fletch, Sentry (as Ken MacDonald)
Clancy Cooper ... Bartender
Bill Perrott Bill Perrott ... Cashier
Alberto Morin ... Rurales Captain (as Albert Morin)
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Storyline

Female outlaw helps lawmen trap railroad bandits.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1950 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimagent in Wildwest See more »

Filming Locations:

Bridgeport, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Harve Logan: What's your name, and how much am I paying you?
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Soundtracks

Polonaise in A Flat, Opus 53
Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Honour among thieves - Huh?
2 September 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Dakota Lil is directed by Lesley Salander and written by Maurice Geraghty and Frank Gruber. It stars George Montgomery, Rod Cameron, Marie Windsor and Wallace Ford. Music is by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Jack Greenhalgh.

Tom Horn (Montgomery) is a Secret Service agent hunting a counterfeit ring. Getting tight with dance hall gal Lil (Windsor), Horn quickly finds himself in the hornets nest.

It's titled after Windsor's character but ultimately it's about Tom Horn during his early years as a good guy before he became a hired gunman. Unfortunately not even the presence of Montgomery and Cameron, two reliable Western performers, can save this lifeless affair. The acting is sub-standard, especially the quite woeful Windsor who seems simply to be a dressage character only. Some of the undercover machinations hold interest, while there are fist-fights and shoot- outs to while away the running time, but even with the latter it's all distinctly routine fodder.

Originally filmed in Cinecolor, some sources show a black and white version, which is the one I saw. It's hard to tell if watching it in colour would improve things as per the scenery et al, such is the flatness of the screenplay, direction and acting performances. 4/10


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