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Dodge City (1939)

Approved | | Western | 8 April 1939 (USA)
A Texas cattle agent witnesses first hand, the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up.

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Dodge City. A wide-open cattle town run by Jeff Surrett. Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do. What the place needs is a fearless honest Marshal. A guy like Wade Hatton, who helped bring the railroad in. It may not help that he fancies Abbie Irving, who won't have anything to do with him since he had to shoot her brother. But that's the West. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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West of Chicago there was no law! See more »

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Esclavos del oro  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Olivia de Havilland's drunken, boisterous brother causes a stampede early in the movie, and film fans may not recognize the handsome young actor (William Lundigan) who plays him, because his character is so different from the role Lundigan made famous on television in 1960. He starred as Col. Edward McCauley in the television series Men Into Space (1959). See more »

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Wade Hatton is seen putting on his gun-belt and sheriff's badge in the sheriff's office, two scenes before he and a group of men are seen removing the board across the door to the office. See more »

Quotes

Tex Baird: I decided to go back to Texas.
Rusty Hart: What for?
Tex Baird: Oh, I don't know. This place is getting too big and calm and peaceful-like.
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Edited into My Country 'Tis of Thee (1950) See more »

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Marching Through Georgia
(1865) (uncredited)
Written by Henry Clay Work
Sung by saloon patrons in competition with "Dixie's Land"
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Dodge City-Don't Dodge this Film ***1/2
3 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Errol Flynn's British accent was showing big-time in this 1939 film but he made the most of it.

This is an exciting film dealing with western expansion following the Civil War. Michael Curtiz's expert directing along with a strong cast and great story make for one interesting film.

We have Bruce Cabot as usual playing a villain. He will purchase cattle but will kill the seller so as to avoid paying. The bodies begin to mount.

After a tragedy befalls a child whose father had been killed by the Cabot character, Flynn, a cattle dealer, decides to clean up the lawless town.

Earlier, we meet Olivia De Havilland with her irresponsible, reckless brother, played by a very young William Lundigan. When his drunken shooting causes a cattle stampede with death (including his own) and destruction ensuing, his sister (Olivia) despises Hatton (Flynn) for firing the shot that ultimately killed her brother.

Ann Sheridan plays a dance hall queen who will cover up for the brutal Cabot. Miss Sheridan's part is wasted here. She has little dialogue but does light up the screen by her singing and dancing.

As Flynn begins to clean up Dodge City, the arrests and shootings mount up to an exciting climax. A bar room brawl is memorably staged in the film.


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