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May 26, 2017
Interesting fictional story loosely based on Quantrill's Raiders in Lawrence, Bleeding Kansas. But the movie character name is Cantrell. I have never forgotten seeing a part of this movie when i was a young kid. Recognize it when i watched the entire movie for first time on ThisTV 5-2017.
Super Reviewer
May 20, 2012
Not bad revisionist take on Quantrill's Raiders repurposed into a John Wayne vehicle. The film, the followup to Stagecoach, was the picture that actually confirmed the Duke's marketability since it ended up being a huge hit. Roy Rogers, free of Trigger for a change, does a good job as Claire's brother.
½ May 27, 2011
Brilliant and eccentric film from the great Raoul Walsh. It alternates between broad comedy, overwrought melodrama, and increasingly dark and apocalyptic undertones. Walsh handles it all very well and John Wayne gives a fine performance.
½ November 26, 2010
good fun John Wayne Western as he takes on Sothern Americans in the early civil war
November 22, 2010
Very dated western which is of no real suprise as it is 70 years old but with it's silly characters and poor jokes it struggles to stand up to anything since Leone changed the genre.
½ October 27, 2010
The movie summary suggested that the movie depicted the life of William Quantrill, the Civil War guerrilla. However, the William Cantrell in this movie has only a passing resemblence, historically, to Quantrill. So, so much for this being an historical drama.

The story itself is pretty boring. It takes forever to get going (and the total movie is only 95 minutes, so it doesn't leave much time for any action). Plus, the thing that took up all the time, the attempt at character-sketching, is token, at best. This is John Wayne, remember - he doesn't do character-drama, just action!

Disappointing, and boring.
May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010

(1940) The Dark Command


One of few well- made John Wayne Westerns regarding the Civil War with some misunderstnadings. With Claire Trevor taking first billing in the credits but seems more of a John Wayne film like any other!!

3 out of 4
½ May 7, 2009
Very good movie. What else can I say? It's John Wayne.
March 11, 2009
Outstanding movie John Wayne is my family favorite actor
½ March 9, 2009
A great one of Wayne's older movies with a great Westen cast and the great Walter Piegon also.
½ November 2, 2008
excellent film with John Wayne. Good old fashioned black and white film.
½ October 10, 2008
For it's time this has rather modern feel to it. It is just a good western which has a good bit of gunplay in it and fisticuffs. Out of the entire cast Walter Pidgeon is probabaly the best as Cantrill. But John Wayne plays his part as the good marshal really well too.

The story is really good and has a modern feel to it.
June 17, 2008
John Wayne & Roy Rogers dosent get better!
½ May 6, 2008
A solid Walsh western with a young looking John Wayne who puts in another controlled performance.
½ March 2, 2008
Classic Republic western with Wayne as the hick Marshall and Pidgeon as the the schoolteacher turned bad by ambition. Trevor is an appealing love interest for both men and Hayes provides the comic foil. Undemanding and fun.
January 22, 2008
Very good John Wayne Western film...lots of action, and a great ending.
½ January 17, 2008
We got a sayin' down in Texas, "Don't judge a book by it's cover."
May look like a cheesy, overdone old cowboy movie... but in reality it's a BRILLIANT cheesy overdone old cowboy movie.
September 23, 2007
Excellent cast and storyline. Roy Rogers is tops in here. Wayne's earlier movies were generally pretty weak but this one is defenitely an exception.
September 21, 2007
John Wayne's best early Picture. Roy does an excellent job in this his only A picture!
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