Dakota (1945)





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John Wayne and Vera Hruba Ralston star as John and Sandy Devlin, young marrieds struggling to survive in Dakota territory. A footloose gambler, Devlin gets involved with a bitter railroad dispute, finding himself in the middle between a group of homesteaders and a gang of land-grabbing crooks. The film is chock full of fast action sequences (a wheatfield fire is a standout!), which nearly compensate for the performance of Vera Hruba Ralston, who is duller than usual here. Adding zest to the proceedings is the presence of frequent Wayne cohorts Ward Bond and Walter Brennan-not to mention Mike Mazurki, bizarrely cast as a fancy-dan saloon hall proprietor. Eagle-eyed viewers will spot future Baretta star Robert (Bobby) Blake as a dewy-eyed kid.
Classics , Western
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John Wayne
as John Devlin
Vera Ralston
as Sandy Poli
Vera Hruba 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
Paul Fix
as Carp
Grant Withers
as Slagin
Robert Livingston
as Lieutenant
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
Jack LaRue
as Slade
George Cleveland
as Mr. Plummer
Selmer Jackson
as Dr. Judson
Selmar Jackson
as Dr. Judson
Claire Du Brey
as Wahtonka
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
Betty Shaw
as Entertainer
Houseley Stevenson Sr.
as Railroad Clerk
Martha Carroll
as Entertainer
Adrian Booth
as Entertainer
Linda Stirling
as Entertainer
Virginia Wave
as Entertainer
Cay Forester
as Entertainer
Eugene Borden
as Italian
Victor Varconi
as Frenchman
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Critic Reviews for Dakota

All Critics (2)

A weak adventure featuring John Wayne (before he became a star), mostly known today for its unsuccesful effort of making Czech Vera Raltson a Hollywood star.

Full Review… | June 5, 2010

Languid at times and poorly paced.

Full Review… | September 4, 2001
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Audience Reviews for Dakota

Throw him out! In Fargo North Dakota a railroad tycoon and a real-estate tycoon are about to bump heads over the land of the farmers. The real-estate tycoon believes his practices are best for the people and so do the people. A war ensues between the tycoons with the town's hopes and dreams caught in the middle. "We thought we'd get together and count our guns..." Joseph Kane, director of Laramie, Flame of Barbary Coast, Undersea Kingdom, Track of Thunder, Smoke in the Wind, The Search for the Evil One, and Country Boy, delivers Dakota. The storyline for this picture is fairly cliché and straightforward. The characters were interesting and fairly well written and the cast delivers okay performances. The cast includes John Wayne, Walter Brennan, Vera Ralston, Ward Bond, and Ona Munson. "You're nothing but a no good woman!" This was recommended to me by Verizon Fios so I decided to give it a viewing. This was fairly standard for the genre but I enjoyed how the two main characters played off each other and the ultimate outcome. This isn't a classic western, but it is worth viewing for fans of the genre. "So you are the man who married my daughter..." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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