The Dark Command Reviews
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.
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.
(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
The story is really good and has a modern feel to it.
May look like a cheesy, overdone old cowboy movie... but in reality it's a BRILLIANT cheesy overdone old cowboy movie.