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Badlands of Dakota (1941)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 15 September 1941 (USA)
Indian raids are being perpetrated by an outlaw gang in disguise.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

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Harold Shumate (story), Gerald Geraghty (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Stars: Akim Tamiroff, Leif Erickson, Frances Farmer
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Cast overview:
Robert Stack ... Jim Holliday
Ann Rutherford ... Anne Grayson
Richard Dix ... Wild Bill Hickok
Frances Farmer ... Jane
Broderick Crawford ... Bob Holliday
Hugh Herbert ... Rocky Plummer
Andy Devine ... Spearfish
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Jack McCall
Fuzzy Knight ... Hurricane Harry
Addison Richards ... Gen. George Custer
The Jesters The Jesters ... 1876 Saloon Entertainers
Dwight Latham Dwight Latham ... Member, The Jesters
Walter Carlson Walter Carlson ... Member, The Jesters
Guy Bonham Guy Bonham ... Member, The Jesters
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Bob Holliday (Broderick Crawford), owner of the Bella Union saloon in Deadwood, sends his younger brother, Jim Holliday (Robert Stack), to St. Louis, Missouri to escort back Anne Grayson (Ann Rutherford), Bob's childhood sweetheart. On the riverboat journey back to Deadwood, Jim and Anne fall in love and are married by the riverboat captain. Whe Bob learns of this he is outraged and goes on a drunken binge and is beat up by the ruthless Jack McCall (Lon Chaney, Jr.) and is saved by a teamster called and known only as Jane (Frances Farmer). She loves Bob and has thought she and Bob would get married. Bitter Bob joins McCall's renegades who, disguised as Indians, rob the stagecoach gold shipments , aided by information supplied by Ransome (Bradley Page), the local agent for the stagecoach line. To end the lawlessness, leading citizens of the town decide to hire a town marshal. When Wild Bill Hickok, turns down the job, Bob suggests that the unqualified Jim be given the job. Bob thinks ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Deadwood City -- where a slow draw meant a fast death! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventureros de Dakota See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The character played by Frances Farmer, as seen on the film, is just Jane, Nowhere in this film is she called Calamity Jane and nowhere is there a reference to Calamity Jane...and nowhere in this film is the word 'calamity' uttered. Albeit, the film has one calamity after another. The keyword...calamity-jane-type-character... is applicable. See more »

Quotes

Calamity Jane: I want to see what a "lady" looks like.
Anne Grayson: Well really, I...
Jim Holliday: Jane, there's been a mistake.
Calamity Jane: A big mistake. So you thought you could horn in, did ya? Well, there ain't no place in this camp for ladies. You're going out on the next stage.
Jim Holliday: [to Anne] Oh, this is Jane, eh...
Calamity Jane: Never mind the introductions. I'll tell her who I am. Me and Bob helped settle this town. We trapped for food 'fore the wagon trains come, and we fought Indians 'fore there were soldiers. And when the smallpox hit us, I nursed him ...
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Edited into Marshal of Gunsmoke (1944) See more »

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Goin' To Have a Big Time Tonight
Written by Carson Robison
Performed by The Jesters
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Farmer was a great actress!
11 September 2005 | by Flaming_star_69See all my reviews

The plot is simple: It's based around 1876 in South Dakota and the Custer/Wild Bill Hickok events. Farmer plays Calamity Jane, although they never use the tag "Calamity" when speaking to or about her. One varied notice from other films, she's not in love with Wild Bill in this one but a saloon owner (Broderick Crawford) and then winds up killing him.

This is a typical early day Western with lots of shootin', ridin', Indians, outlaws, and, of course, duo love interests which rival each other. It's a really good Western based upon that and comes even with some comedy (Andy Devine). It was well worth the money I paid to get it and I will certainly watch it again later.

I won't speak about the historical points because, although there are a few of them (such as Wild Bill getting killed) they are not anywhere close to accurate.

Rather, I bought the video because it had Francis Farmer in it. I'd never seen a movie with her until yesterday when I viewed two of them. I was most curious about this beautiful woman whose mother had her mutated.

I gave this movie an 8 simply based upon Francis Farmer's acting in the movie. She was a great actress. I say that now based upon viewing two of her films this past week (Son of Fury). Criminals, like those who did what they did to this wonderful woman ought to be damned but time has taken them, as well as she, from our presence so we can. I notice she only made 15 films before they cut her brain. I would have loved to have seen more movies with her and, no doubt, had they not had their way, she would have made many more.


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