Eventually donning Confederate uniforms, it is left to Seton and the good citizens of Lawrence to face Cantrell and his raiders in one final clash. Angry Townsman in Bank uncredited. Burnett's novel was published in 1938 and became a best seller. Canutt and several other stunt men slid down a chute into a river forty feet below. While acting as the upstanding citizen in public, Cantrell is dangerously ambitious and is prepared to do anything to make his mark, and his fortune, on the Territory.
Not is what it seems however. The loser in the election, an ambitious schoolteacher named Will Cantrell Walter Pidgeon , is outraged that an uneducated man like Seton could defeat him. Since when did that keep Hollywood from trying? Hugh Herbert, Jan Fortune based on the novel by W. Except on two films where he co-starred with Claire Trevor, the aforementioned Stagecoach and what Republic Pictures probably would be seen as a felicitous follow up, 1940's Dark Command. Mary is also dealing with her rather naïve brother Fletcher Roy Rogers— this is the only film that Rogers and Wayne appear in together and pompous but lovable father Angus Porter Hall. There's little doubt that Trevor's character is the fulcrum around which most of Dark Command's admittedly corny plot hinges, but there's also little doubt that it's Wayne's presence that gives Dark Command much of its energy. In fact, it has never been required for Dark and Light Command Description - cheat god - Enables invincibility mode so no enemy can kill you.
This Blu-ray offers generally good video and audio and comes Recommended. Game content and materials are trademarks and copyrights of their respective publisher and its licensors. While it is true that the guerrillas rode rings around the Union soldiers and did attack towns, there were sizeable Union forces in Kansas and Missouri. Burnett novel, Raoul Walsh brought in to direct, music by Victor Young, and strong costars and supporting cast Marjorie Main, Porter Hall, Raymond Walburn--and Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes! This was John Wayne's first film after finally achieving stardom in John Ford's classic, Stagecoach 1939 , and his standing as a major draw was solidified when Dark Command hit it big at the box office. They will slowly respawn, but tames are gone. Siegel Screenplay: Grover Jones, Lionel Houser, F. Of course, it's Wayne as Bob Seton, who it turns out is in cahoots with Doc to drum up a little business and further their funding to get further West.
Wayne then found himself consigned to B-movies for the bulk of the rest of the decade, until a little John Ford film called came along in 1939, a film which moved Wayne to the front rank of A-list stars, even if he continued to toil away in less than prestigious Republic Pictures' efforts for years to come. Although the film is bascially a collection of historical inaccuracies, one of the most glaring deviations from reality is the description of John Brown as a slave runner. It was a rare historical novel from Burnett, who was better known for modern day crime stories. New states above the southern boundary of Missouri excluding Missouri would join the Union as a free state, while states located below Missouri automatically became slave states. Actually, the story ignores the fighting during Bleeding Kansas. After capturing a wagon loaded with Confederate uniforms, he decides to pass himself off as a officer.
Man About to Withdraw Money from Bank uncredited. The town is experiencing a rise in killings, so the leading citizens decide to hire a marshal and the banker nominates Cantrell, while Seton runs for marshal to impress Mary McCloud. Since the residents were permitted to vote whether to join the Union as a slave or free state, this would disturb the delicate balance between the two sides, so abolitionists and pro-slavery advocates fought to ensure that Kansas tilted the balance in their favor. He is actually an outlaw leader who attacks both sides in the Civil War for his own profit. He forms a gang and liberates slaves whom he then sells in Missouri before switching to gun running, although he maintains his cover identity as a school teacher.
Wayne plays Bob Seton, a Lawrence, Kansas cowboy who is rather unexpectedly elected to the office of town marshal. A former suitor of Mary's, Union supporter Bob Seton , is captured by Cantrell and scheduled for execution. Dark Command bears a probably needless disclaimer that it's only loosely based on history. Siegel Director: Raoul Walsh Historical Background The American Civil War 1861-1865 had started several years early in Kansas Territory. The fictional Cantrell attacks the town but the outcome is drastically different. For more about Dark Command and the Dark Command Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on June 18, 2013 where this Blu-ray release scored 3.
This site is a part of Wikia, Inc. When Mary does end up marrying Will, that would seem to put an unusual romantic barrier between her and Bob, though soon Mary discovers that Will is not the peace loving orator she thinks he is the fact that Will's last name in the film is rather similar to Qunatrill might serve as a clue as to his proclivities. Before releasing Dark Command 1940 , Republic Pictures was known mainly for cranking out B-Westerns and quickie, crowd-pleasing serials. New York Times 1923-Current file ; New York, N. Meanwhile, Cantrell's stern, but loving mother refuses to accept any of her son's ill-gotten loot. The supporting cast of Dark Command is also filled with some fantastic players, including future Ma Kettle Marjorie Main as Will's well- meaning mother and the always reliable Raymond Walburn as a machinating local judge. While Bob seems to have the upper hand in the romantic triangle developing between him, Mary and Will, some rash behavior on the part of Fletcher upsets the matrimonial apple cart.
Farrell MacDonald Dave , Trevor Bardette Hale. Description When transplanted Texan Bob Seton arrives in Lawrence, Kansas he finds much to like about the place, especially Mary McCloud, daughter of the local banker. While the movie is entertaining and surprisingly dark for 1940, it completely airbrushes the savagery that made the fighting in the Missouri-Kansas region a particularly brutal part of the Civil War. Comments Wayne is quite charming as a nice, well-intentioned but not too bright man, while Trevor is excellent as a bossy, self-confident, classy woman. Politics is in the air however. Dialogue is very cleanly presented, as is Victor Young's Academy Award nominated score. Then, to make matters worse, Seton starts falling for a woman named Mary McCloud Claire Trevor , who Cantrell also loves.