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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.

Cast

John Wayne
as John Devlin
Vera Hruba Ralston
as Sandy Poli (Devlin)
Vera Ralston
as Sandy Poli
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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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.

June 5, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Languid at times and poorly paced.

September 4, 2001 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dakota

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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