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      Dakota

      Released Nov 1, 1945 1h 22m Western List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score 100+ Ratings In the 1870s, Sandy Poli (Vera Hruba Ralston), the daughter of a railroad magnate, marries professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) against her father's wishes. From Chicago, the couple head west, intending to buy land in the Dakotas that will increase in value once the railroad arrives. Along the way, they meet Jim Bender (Ward Bond), a saloon keeper who reveals his intention to force out farmers in the territories in order to claim their land. The Devlins realize they must make a stand. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com 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. Rated: C Jun 5, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Languid at times and poorly paced. Rated: C- Sep 4, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member How are standing John Wayne western highly recommend James Welch, Henderson Arkansas June 17, 2023 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/18/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member 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+ Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Flat and not very involving, mostly due to Vera Ralston. On the other hand, the Walter Brennan scenes are fairly amusing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member so John Wayne battles a guy over land basically because he's John Wayne, nothing terribly exciting but nothing wrong with it either Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the 1870s, Sandy Poli (Vera Hruba Ralston), the daughter of a railroad magnate, marries professional gambler John Devlin (John Wayne) against her father's wishes. From Chicago, the couple head west, intending to buy land in the Dakotas that will increase in value once the railroad arrives. Along the way, they meet Jim Bender (Ward Bond), a saloon keeper who reveals his intention to force out farmers in the territories in order to claim their land. The Devlins realize they must make a stand.
      Director
      Joseph Kane
      Screenwriter
      Lawrence Hazard
      Production Co
      Republic Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 1, 1945, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 8, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 22m
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