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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.

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

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Action | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dakotele negre See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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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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In business for himself
24 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Gary Merrill stars in this low budget B western from Columbia in which the villain is top billed. Merrill plays a southerner sent out on a mission to disrupt treaty negotiations with the Sioux in the Dakota territory while the Civil War is on. There's a treaty on its way to the Sioux already signed on the Union end by President Abraham Lincoln and arriving later a shipment of gold for the Sioux valued at $100,000.00. That's for not attacking the settlers out in Dakota.

But Merrill is in business for himself. He shoots the American envoy and takes his place. He nearly gets away with what he's doing, but it's a question of one double cross too many.

Merrill's villainy totally dominates the proceedings here. John Bromfield is the northern boy and Wanda Hendrix the southern girl who help put a stop to things. Some more western familiar faces are here. A lot of the cast is killed most by Merrill, some on his behalf before things are set right.

A little far fetched but entertaining nonetheless.


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