The Man from Dakota (1940)

74 mins | Drama | 16 February 1940

Director:

Leslie Fenton

Producer:

Edward Chodorov

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Arouse and Beware . HR production charts add Victor Varconi, Frank Thomas and H. B. Warner to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. News items in HR note that the film was shot on location at Sherwood Lake, ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Arouse and Beware . HR production charts add Victor Varconi, Frank Thomas and H. B. Warner to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. News items in HR note that the film was shot on location at Sherwood Lake, CA. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Feb 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Feb 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Nov 39
pp. 5-6.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Feb 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
16 Feb 40
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Jan 40
p. 42.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Feb 40
p. 40.
New York Times
22 Feb 40
p. 29.
Variety
21 Feb 40
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
Men's cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Arouse and Beware by MacKinlay Kantor (New York, 1936).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Arouse and Beware
Release Date:
16 February 1940
Production Date:
began mid November 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 February 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9465
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6013
SYNOPSIS

During the American Civil War, Sergeant Barstow, a cynical, hard-boiled scout from Dakota, and Oliver Clark, an idealistic lieutenant from Boston, are both imprisoned in a Confederate prison camp on Belle Island. Oliver suggests that he and Barstow be assigned to care for a group of men infected with smallpox, and while they are being transported from Belle Island, the two escape. While hiding from their pursuers, they see Jenny, a Russian girl, kill the Confederate officer who betrayed her, and the pair offer her refuge. On the dead officer's body, they find a map written in Russian, detailing the positions of the Southern army for a massive ambush against the North, and realize that they must deliver the map to General Grant and his troops before the Confederate army has time to strike. Their mission is delayed when, while heading North, the trio stumbles across a murder in a farmhouse. They are at first trailed by the townsfolk, who accuse them of the murder, but are freed when their innocence is established. Soon after, however, they are trapped by Confederate soldiers. Splitting up, they make a getaway to a farm owned by Vestry, a Northern sympathizer. After they are driven from the farm by the advancing Confederate troops, the fugitives hide in the woods, where they watch as Grant's army rides toward the ambush. Oliver fails in an attempt to steal a horse to warn Grant, but Barstow, anxious to reach the Union lines to collect his back pay, takes the map and rides through a hail of gunfire in time to warn the Union army of the trap awaiting ... +


During the American Civil War, Sergeant Barstow, a cynical, hard-boiled scout from Dakota, and Oliver Clark, an idealistic lieutenant from Boston, are both imprisoned in a Confederate prison camp on Belle Island. Oliver suggests that he and Barstow be assigned to care for a group of men infected with smallpox, and while they are being transported from Belle Island, the two escape. While hiding from their pursuers, they see Jenny, a Russian girl, kill the Confederate officer who betrayed her, and the pair offer her refuge. On the dead officer's body, they find a map written in Russian, detailing the positions of the Southern army for a massive ambush against the North, and realize that they must deliver the map to General Grant and his troops before the Confederate army has time to strike. Their mission is delayed when, while heading North, the trio stumbles across a murder in a farmhouse. They are at first trailed by the townsfolk, who accuse them of the murder, but are freed when their innocence is established. Soon after, however, they are trapped by Confederate soldiers. Splitting up, they make a getaway to a farm owned by Vestry, a Northern sympathizer. After they are driven from the farm by the advancing Confederate troops, the fugitives hide in the woods, where they watch as Grant's army rides toward the ambush. Oliver fails in an attempt to steal a horse to warn Grant, but Barstow, anxious to reach the Union lines to collect his back pay, takes the map and rides through a hail of gunfire in time to warn the Union army of the trap awaiting them. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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