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Dakota (1945 film)

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Dakota
Dakota (poster).jpg
Theatrical poster to Dakota (1945)
Directed byJoseph Kane
Screenplay byHoward Estabrook
Lawrence Hazard
Story byCarl Foreman
Produced byJoseph Kane
StarringJohn Wayne
Vera Ralston
Walter Brennan
Ward Bond
Mike Mazurki
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byFred Allen
Music byWalter Scharf
Production
company
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 25, 1945 (1945-12-25)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Dakota is a 1945 American Western film directed by Joseph Kane, and starring John Wayne.[1] The supporting cast features Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, and Mike Mazurki.

Plot

The action is set in 1875. Wayne stars as John Devlin (John Wayne), a professional gambler who has married Sandra (Vera Ralston), daughter of railroad millionaire Marko Poli (Hugo Haas). John and Sandra flee her father's anger and go to Fargo in Dakota Territory, where Sandra thinks they can cash in on a land boom. But on the trip west, they are swindled out of their stake ($20,000 Sandra swiped from her father). In a desperate attempt to get back their money, Devlin enters into a heated range battle against the outlaws led by Bender.

Bender steals their money & uses it to attempt to buy the properties of the landowners in Fargo, Dakota. Devlin tries to prevent it but cannot. So he offers to buy the land contracts with the threat that he can ask Sandi's father to pass through another town which will mean Bender's purchase will be useless.

Right as Bender hands the lands over to Devlin an agent of Mr. Poli arrives with a secret intent to buy the lands. Bender finds out & Devlin runs away with the contract giving it to one of the settlers. As soon as Devlin leaves the house Bender's men enter & take away the contract & murder the settler.

When Devlin returns to town he is greeted by Bender who attempts to frame & hang him. Right then a group of settlers arrive on horseback with the lands of the settlers burning in the background.

Devlin goes looking for Bender & his second in command. As Bender is packing to skip town the second in command kills him & steals his money.

Devlin tackles the second in command & as they are about to leave for California Sandy (Devlin's wife) tells him that she gave the money she had to the boat captain to help him buy a new boat (since he ran aground the other boat when carrying them to Fargo).

Cast

See also

References

  1. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (2014). "Dakota". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on April 22, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2016.

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