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Dakota

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In the 1870s, Sandy Poli (Vera Hruba Ralston), the daughter of a railroad magnate, marries professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) against her father's wishes. From Chicago, the couple head west, intending to buy land in the Dakotas that will increase in value once the railroad arrives. Along the way, they meet Jim Bender (Ward Bond), a saloon keeper who reveals his intention to force out farmers in the territories in order to claim their land. The Devlins realize they must make a stand.

Cast

John Wayne
as John Devlin
Vera Ralston
as Sandy Poli (Devlin)
Walter Brennan
as Capt. Bounce of the Riverbird
Ward Bond
as Jim Bender
Mike Mazurki
as Bigtree Collins
Ona Munson
as `Jersey' Thomas
Olive Blakeney
as Mrs. Stowe
Hugo Haas
as Marko Poli
Olin Howland
as Devlin's driver
Pierre Watkin
as Wexton Geary
Robert H. Barrat
as Anson Stowe (billed as Robert H. Barrat)
Jonathan Hale
as Col. Wordin
Robert Blake
as Little Boy
Paul Hurst
as Capt. Spotts
Eddy Waller
as Stagecoach driver
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Plummer
George Cleveland
as Mr. Plummer
Selmer Jackson
as Dr. Judson
Selmar Jackson
as Dr. Judson
Roy Barcroft
as Poli's driver
Larry Thompson
as Poli's Footman
Jack Roper
as Bouncer
Fred Graham
as Bouncer
Russ Kaplan
as Bouncer
Cliff Lyons
as Bouncer
Al Murphy
as Trainman
William Haade
as Roughneck
Dick Wessel
as Roughneck
Rex Lease
as Railroad Conductor
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
as Railroad Clerk
Betty Shaw
as Entertainer
Martha Carroll
as Entertainer
Adrian Booth
as Entertainer
Linda Stirling
as Entertainer
Virginia Wave
as Entertainer
Cay Forester
as Entertainer
Victor Varconi
as Frenchman
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  • Aug 24, 2010
    It feels like a long lost Howard Hawks movie, almost every one of his trademarks is present. The one man army, Walter Brennan, catchy dialogue and just about everything else. I would say the only problem is that the movie's just too short. These are great characters that I would've loved to see mature over a larger story. John Wayne is his trademark self, unstoppable and the most noble man in a sea of outlaws and criminals. Walter Brennan is hilarious as always, probably one of the greatest comedians to ever live. Ward Bond does a good job as an extremely manipulative villain, it's a shame he never played too many.
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