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Dakota(1945)

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Brief Synopsis

In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli (Vera Ralston), daughter of Marko Poli (Hugo Haas), 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 (Ward Bond) and Bigtree Collins (Mike Mazurki), 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 (Walter Brennan), an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin (Grant Withers) and Carp (Paul Fix), 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 with the wheat farmers against the Bender gang. Several attempts are made on his life and Collins tries to frame him for murder.

Cast & Crew

Joseph Kane Director
John Wayne John Devlin
Vera Ralston Sandy Poli Devlin
Walter Brennan Captain Bounce
Ward Bond Jim Bender
Mike Mazurki Bigtree Collins
Ona Munson Jersey Thomas
Olive Blakeney Mrs. Stowe
Hugo Haas Marko Poli
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  Premiere Info:  Los Angeles opening: 1 Nov 1945; New York opening: 15 Dec 1945
Release Date:  1945 Production Date:  EB*, UCLA; AFI
16mm safety; 2 reels of 2 (ca. 3200 ft.); M42047; A1-114-4 +e 22 Aug 1995
Color/B&W:  Black and White Distributions Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Sound:  Mono (RCA Sound System) Production Co:  Republic Pictures Corp.
Duration(mins):  81-82 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  7,328    
Duration(reels):  9    

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  • Dakota

    Mike 2007-11-01

    Wayne in his Republic prime, versus Bond and Mazurki with Brennan and Stewart in comic relief, well directed by Joseph Kane. MORE>