Dodge City (1939)

104-105 mins | Western | 8 April 1939

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writer:

Robert Buckner

Cinematographer:

Sol Polito

Editor:

George Amy

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to the CBCS, Georgia Caine replaced Elisabeth Risdon in the role of "Mrs. Irving." News items in HR note that Warner Bros. chartered a special sixteen-car train which transported at least thirty-six reporters to Dodge City for the film's premiere. Along the way, an unscheduled stop was made in Pasadena so that Olivia de Havilland could leave the train and report for work on Gone With the Wind . The studio also sent a Technicolor crew to film the premiere, which was attended by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and over 70,000 visitors that had come to the city to celebrate the ... More Less

According to the CBCS, Georgia Caine replaced Elisabeth Risdon in the role of "Mrs. Irving." News items in HR note that Warner Bros. chartered a special sixteen-car train which transported at least thirty-six reporters to Dodge City for the film's premiere. Along the way, an unscheduled stop was made in Pasadena so that Olivia de Havilland could leave the train and report for work on Gone With the Wind . The studio also sent a Technicolor crew to film the premiere, which was attended by Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. and over 70,000 visitors that had come to the city to celebrate the premiere. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Apr 39
p. 1.
Film Daily
5 Apr 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Mar 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Mar 39
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Mar 39
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Apr 39
p. 1.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Apr 39
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Dec 38
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
8 Apr 39
p. 60.
New York Times
8 Apr 39
p. 19.
Variety
12 Apr 39
p. 13.
CAST
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
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Exec prod
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WRITER
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Assoc photog
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MAKEUP
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DETAILS
Release Date:
8 April 1939
Premiere Information:
Dodge City, Kansas premiere: 1 April 1939
Production Date:
began early November 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8761
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
104-105
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4980
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Six years after the railroad puts Dodge City, Kansas, on the map, the town becomes the Babylon of the West. Run by Jeff Surrett, a man whose only interest is cash and killing, Dodge City is now a bastion of lawlessness. When Wade Hatton, accompanied by his sidekicks, Rusty Hart and Tex Baird, rides into town to sell his Texas cattle, Wade meets Surrett, an old enemy from his railroad days, and refuses to sell his cattle to him. Wade learns that there is no law after his cattle buyer is shot in the back by one of Surrett's men, but although the people of Dodge appeal to him to accept the mantle of sheriff, Wade refuses. It is only after Mrs. Cole's little boy is killed by wanton gunplay in the streets that he reconsiders and pins on the badge of the law. Wade and his men undertake a campaign to clean up the town, and when newspaperman Joe Clemens uncovers evidence that would convict Surrett of crooked cattle dealing, the age of lawlessness appears to be at an end. However, after Joe is killed before he can publish his story, the only person who can put Surrett behind bars is Abbie Irving, the doctor's niece. Because Wade is in love with Abbie, he arranges for her to leave town for safety. Meanwhile, Wade arrests Surrett's henchman, Yancey, for the shooting of Joe, and when his prisoner is threatened by a lynch mob, Wade takes him aboard the same train on which Abbie is traveling. Once the train is out of town, Surrett and his men come aboard and lock Rusty, ... +


Six years after the railroad puts Dodge City, Kansas, on the map, the town becomes the Babylon of the West. Run by Jeff Surrett, a man whose only interest is cash and killing, Dodge City is now a bastion of lawlessness. When Wade Hatton, accompanied by his sidekicks, Rusty Hart and Tex Baird, rides into town to sell his Texas cattle, Wade meets Surrett, an old enemy from his railroad days, and refuses to sell his cattle to him. Wade learns that there is no law after his cattle buyer is shot in the back by one of Surrett's men, but although the people of Dodge appeal to him to accept the mantle of sheriff, Wade refuses. It is only after Mrs. Cole's little boy is killed by wanton gunplay in the streets that he reconsiders and pins on the badge of the law. Wade and his men undertake a campaign to clean up the town, and when newspaperman Joe Clemens uncovers evidence that would convict Surrett of crooked cattle dealing, the age of lawlessness appears to be at an end. However, after Joe is killed before he can publish his story, the only person who can put Surrett behind bars is Abbie Irving, the doctor's niece. Because Wade is in love with Abbie, he arranges for her to leave town for safety. Meanwhile, Wade arrests Surrett's henchman, Yancey, for the shooting of Joe, and when his prisoner is threatened by a lynch mob, Wade takes him aboard the same train on which Abbie is traveling. Once the train is out of town, Surrett and his men come aboard and lock Rusty, Abbie and Wade in a burning railroad car. During a daring escape, Wade and Rusty kill Surrett and his gang, and now that peace has come to Dodge City, Wade and Abbie set out to tame Virginia City. +

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Sub-genre:
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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