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½ May 6, 2016
This was one of those B-movie Westerns John Wayne had to pay his dues, and learn his craft in, on his way to superstardom and becoming a household name. His acting chops, while coming along and becoming more multidimensional, are still developing, and he gets by more or less on his charisma and big smile. Joseph Kane provides decent, pedestrian direction--all of the exciting scenes are directed by Wayne's longtime associate, Yakima Canutt (the one who would later direct the outstanding chariot race in 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ'), and Vera Ralston is great as the loving wife who just seems to do the wrong thing at the worst possible time.

Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki are excellent as the bad guys, and Walter Brennan (as the most bipolar ship captain one will EVER find in cinema) and Nick Stewart (as his harped-on assistant) steal every scene they're in. Ona Munson even throws in an entertaining song-and-dance number, and provides an interesting love possibility for Wayne, if he wasn't such a one-woman guy.

This was released on Christmas Day in the States, and it's no lump of coal in one's stocking, but a small, likeable gift for fans of the genre. Worth a watch if you like Westerns, and a purchase and rewatch for Wayne enthusiasts.
½ May 6, 2016
This was one of those B-movie Westerns John Wayne had to pay his dues, and learn his craft in, on his way to superstardom and becoming a household name. His acting chops, while coming along and becoming more multidimensional, are still developing, and he gets by more or less on his charisma and big smile. Joseph Kane provides decent, pedestrian direction--all of the exciting scenes are directed by Wayne's longtime associate, Yakima Canutt (the one who would later direct the outstanding chariot race in 'Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ'), and Vera Ralston is great as the loving wife who just seems to do the wrong thing at the worst possible time.

Ward Bond and Mike Mazurki are excellent as the bad guys, and Walter Brennan (as the most bipolar ship captain one will EVER find in cinema) and Nick Stewart (as his harped-on assistant) steal every scene they're in. Ona Munson even throws in an entertaining song-and-dance number, and provides an interesting love possibility for Wayne, if he wasn't such a one-woman guy.

This was released on Christmas Day in the States, and it's no lump of coal in one's stocking, but a small, likeable gift for fans of the genre. Worth a watch if you like Westerns, and a purchase and rewatch for Wayne enthusiasts.
April 13, 2016
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+
½ June 12, 2011
Flat and not very involving, mostly due to Vera Ralston. On the other hand, the Walter Brennan scenes are fairly amusing.
January 30, 2011
so John Wayne battles a guy over land basically because he's John Wayne, nothing terribly exciting but nothing wrong with it either
Super Reviewer
August 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.
March 11, 2009
Outstanding movie John Wayne is my family favorite actor
June 14, 2007
Vera Ralston was an actress that was cast into films because she was married to big boss of Republic. In Dakota she comes out surprisingly well as Sandy Poli a determined woman, daughter of a millionaire who marries John Wayne. He wants to go to California, but she chooses Dakota and from then on she is the one who makes the most important decisions for the couple. It is not usual to see John Wayne in this situation but it makes the film more interesting. There are two familiar actors, Walter Brennan and Ward Bond. It is remarkable that with a low budget they made a convincing scenery of what Fargo, Dakota must have looked like. The movie is entertaining except that they make too much use of scenes taking place at night. There is no need for that, and it only makes it harder to understand what is going on.
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