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Dodge City (1939)




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Dodge City and Stagecoach were released the same year and though featuring two very different plots, are both credited with breathing new life and legitimacy into the flagging western genre. Starring dashing Errol Flynn and beauteous Olivia de Havilland, Dodge City begins with a nailbiting race between a stagecoach and locomotive--representing the transition from the Old West to the new one. The story itself begins as an itinerant cattleman rides into the title town and ends up its appointed sheriff and assigned to rid the town of a troublesome villain and his outlaw gang. Along the way, he finds himself falling in love with a lovely saloon girl. The film's highlight is a barroom brawl that is so exciting and fast-paced that it set the standard for western movie bar fights in countless films to come.

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Errol Flynn
as Wade Hatton
Olivia de Havilland
as Abbie Irving
Bruce Cabot
as Jeff Surrett
Ann Sheridan
as Ruby Gilman
Frank McHugh
as Joe Clemens
Alan Hale
as Algernon `Rusty' Hart
John Litel
as Matt Cole
Victor Jory
as Yancy, Surrett's Henchman
Henry Travers
as Dr. Irving
Henry O'Neill
as Col. Dodge
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Cole
William Lundigan
as Lee Irving
Georgia Caine
as Mrs. Ellen Irving
Charles Halton
as Surrett's lawyer
Ward Bond
as Bud Taylor, Surrett's Henchman
Bobs Watson
as Harry Cole
Nat Carr
as Crocker
Clem Bevans
as Charlie, the Barber
Cora Witherspoon
as Mrs. McCoy
Thurston Hall
as Twitchell
Monte Blue
as Barlow, the Indian Agent
James Burke
as Cattle Auctioneer
Robert E. Homans
as Mail Clerk
George Guhl
as Jaxon, the Marshal
Bud Osborne
as Stagecoach Driver/Waiter
Pat O'Malley
as Conductor
Wilfred Lucas
as Bartender
Henry Otho
as Conductor
Tom Chatterton
as Passenger
Pat Flaherty
as Cowhand
Jim Farley
as Engineer
Jack Mower
as Man at Funeral
Horace B. Carpenter
as Train Passenger
Francis Sayles
as Stage Shotgun Guard
Guy Wilkerson
as Man Wanting Revenge by Hanging
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Critic Reviews for Dodge City

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

''Dodge City,'' Michael Curtiz's rousing 1939 oater about the civilizing of the ''wide-open Babylon of the American West,'' has everything...

January 8, 2018 | Full Review…

A well-crafted and perfectly capable western.

April 22, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A big splashy Hollywood spectacle, with gorgeous sets and a riot of colors in the costumes and wide-open skies.

July 3, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Rousing, entertaining Western, with an anti-dictatorship, pro-democracy theme.

May 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Dodge City spirited Errol Flynn away from his swashbuckling milieu and into a Wild West setting, and the match proved so natural that the Australian actor found himself cast in several more sagebrush sagas over the ensuing years.

June 11, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Top line Warners western w/heroic Errol Flynn's guns blazin'!

February 23, 2008 | Rating: 5/5

Audience Reviews for Dodge City


Warner Brothers thought to try Errol Flynn (the latest Douglas Fairbanks at the time), in a western, but he himself was not too sure that his adoring public would accept him, a popular Swashbuckler, in a saddle. He needn't've worried as he, Director Michael Curtiz, and the usual gang of Warner Brothers stock players (including Alan Hale, natch!) serve up a rousing oater good enough for even John Wayne. The barroom brawl has only been topped by Mel Brooks, so go figure. and, of course, waiting in the wings, the ever so demure Olivia de Havilland.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Errol goes out West for a gunslinging Tombstone style clean up of new city, Dodge City. I'm not totally keen on westerns to be honest, apart from afew Eastwood pictures they just aren't my thing. Like all westerns of this era they do look kinda quaint and too charming, not very realistic compared to more later westerns (of course), the acting is oh so sweet haha its all very nice and darling with a reasonable amount happening to keep you interested. Olivia de Havilland (film 5 of 9 together with Flynn) and Alan Hale both join Errol again in fine form directed AGAIN by Curtiz...the Warner super star director of all star cast pictures. There is actually plenty of action and fighting with a reasonable amount of smooching here, the technicolour is evident and lovely yet not as good as other films and locations are rural and real, not much set work by the looks of it. Not the best Flynn film for me but I can see why its a classic.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

Errol Flynn proves he's just as adept with a six gun as a sword in this classic western that reunited him with Olivia De Havilland and Michael Curtiz. Rousing gun fights, bar room brawls and knockabout comedy shot in glorious technicolor.

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xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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