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When the Daltons Rode (1940)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 23 August 1940 (USA)
Fictionalized story of how the Dalton brothers were wronged by a crooked development company and became outlaws when the corrupt local courts offered them no justice.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Harold Shumate (original screen play), Emmett Dalton (based on: "When the Daltons Rode") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Randolph Scott ... Tod Jackson
Kay Francis ... Julie King
Brian Donlevy ... Grat Dalton
George Bancroft ... Caleb Winters
Broderick Crawford ... Bob Dalton
Stuart Erwin ... Ben Dalton
Andy Devine ... Ozark
Frank Albertson ... Emmett Dalton
Mary Gordon ... Ma Dalton
Harvey Stephens ... Rigby
Edgar Dearing ... Sheriff (as Edgar Deering)
Quen Ramsey Quen Ramsey ... Wilson
Dorothy Granger ... Nancy (as Dorothy Grainger)
Robert McKenzie ... Jim - the Photographer (as Bob McKenzie)
Fay McKenzie ... Hannah
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Storyline

Young lawyer Tod Jackson arrives in pioneer Kansas to visit his prosperous rancher friends the Daltons, just as the latter are in danger of losing their land to a crooked development company. When Tod tries to help them, a faked murder charge turns the Daltons into outlaws, but more victims than villains in this fictionalized version. Will Tod stay loyal to his friends despite falling in love with Bob Dalton's former fiancée Julie? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Wanted dead or alive screamed the nation when the Daltons rode. See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Bande der Fünf See more »

Filming Locations:

Jamestown, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In one scene near the end, one of the townsfolk refers to Oklahoma as a state, "...not in this State". Oklahoma only obtained Statehood in 1907, long after the Daltons' demise. See more »

Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the 19th Century in America, civilization surges ever west and in it's wake, came that inseparable pair, INJUSTICE and CRIME. In the history of the reckless violence that seized Kansas and Oklahoma, no name carried more terror than DALTON. There were more famous outlaws, but none more daring, none more desperate.

This, then, is the story of the Dalton brothers, based, to a large extent, on the tales that the old settlers still tell of them-woven together with strands of fiction. But, so incredible were the Daltons, that no man can say where fact ends and fancy begins. See more »

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Featured in Gunfighters of the Old West (1992) See more »

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Great old cowboy movie deserves resurrection.
24 March 2004 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

It is just shoddy handling that has made this splendid entertainment drop out of sight. It should have gone on accumulating admirers down the years.Director George Marshall missed out on attention too, though this film, DESTRY RIDES AGAIN and his succession of Glenn Ford films have a consistent, light handling that shows he was one of the best people in this field. Let's throw in the fact that Broderick Crawford has his biggest pre ALL THE KING'S MEN role. He gets as much screen time as top billed players Scott and Francis and acts them off the screen. He's terrific, in a straight role, as the chief Dalton Brother.

The film has the standard ingredients - shoot ups, chases, western timber town atmosphere, over-laid with the usual plot elements about the wrongly persecuted family. What isn't expected is the expert pacing, emphasis and the humor - the lynch mob bursting into the jail to find the whole gang waiting for them, guns drawn, is classic. The film also has one of the best filmings of the Yak Canutt routine of falling under the runaway coach horses. A class act.


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