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Dark Command (John Wayne) [DVD]

John Wayne , Claire Trevor , Raoul Walsh    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George 'Gabby' Hayes
  • Directors: Raoul Walsh
  • Producers: Sol C. Siegel
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FMFZWQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,993 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Historically dubious but vigorously entertaining, Dark Command is the best of John Wayne's many movies for Republic (not counting Wayne's lovely producing debut Angel and the Badman and those two John Ford films). Set in "Bleeding Kansas" just before and during the Civil War, it highlights the romantic triangle of amiable but unschooled Texan Wayne, banker's daughter Claire Trevor, and schoolmaster Walter Pidgeon--just long enough for the earnest pedagogue to become embittered, turn into bushwhacker William Quantrill (here Cantrell), and start wreaking havoc in the Border States. This was Republic's first star vehicle for Wayne, following his breakthrough in Stagecoach (away from Republic), and it's an uncharacteristically impressive production: good writers working from a W.R. 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!). Wayne himself is delightful. --Richard T. Jameson

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. Politics is in the air however. It's just prior to the civil war and there is already a sharp division in the Territory as to whether it will remain slave-free. When he gets the opportunity to run for marshal, Seton finds himself running against the respected local schoolteacher, William Cantrell. Not is what it seems however. 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. When he loses the race for marshal, he forms a group of raiders who run guns into the territory and rob and terrorize settlers throughout the territory. 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Oscar Academy Awards, ...Dark Command


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wayne Saves Another Republic Western. 28 Mar 2010
By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Cashing in on the successful pairing of John Wayne and Clair Trevor in John Ford's landmark western "Stagecoach", Republic paired the two together for their third consecutive film together. With a budget of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars it was the most expensive film of the studios early years. They brought in the respected director Raoul Walsh, who had directed Wayne in his first big film "The Big Trail"(30). Sadly that film flopped, and the inexperienced Wayne took much of the blame and was sentenced back to making poverty row westerns for nearly a decade. But now his star was burning ever brighter, and he was quickly establishing himself as a big box office draw. Republic even hired Walter Pidgeon from MGM to add some class to proceedings. The whiskery George "Gabby" Hayes was reunited with his old sidekick Wayne from their B western days. Republic even threw in a Triggerless Roy Rogers, their new rising B-feature player, in an oddly effective rare appearance outside of his series westerns. Four writers were put to work adapting a novel by W.R. Burnett. Perhaps the greatest Hollywood stuntman of all time, Yakima Canutt was also added to the payroll. He was credited as the second unit director with Cliff Lyons. Republic's confidence was not misplaced and the film became a big grosser.

The film is set in Kansas in 1859 as tension between states in the lead up to the Civil war was growing. Walter Pidgeon stars as Cantrill, a school teacher who competes with Wayne's Texan cowboy for the affections of a beautiful banker's daughter played by Clair Trevor. As the war breaks out Cantrill becomes the leader of a lawless gang of guerilla fighters bent on destruction and plundering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for an Oater 4 Aug 2012
Format:VHS Tape
This is a brisk, efficient, intelligent little film, which has been more than adequately summarised by other reviewers. It makes good use of its cast and resources, and draws more strands into its 90 minutes running time - the turmoil of the civil war, the dodgy, rule-of-thumb way that law and order was enforced (or attempted) in the frontier towns of the old Wild West - than most oaters, especially those from this period. The script is unusually witty and literate for a western, there are some corking stunts, and everybody stands up to the plate and turns in a good performance, making this a worthwhile watch for those who, like me, aren't usually that taken with Westerns or Wayne. A pleasant and, as these things go, worthwhile way to pass an evening.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Region A LOCKED 8 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film is Region A locked..ie it will not play on Uk players ,,Sellers should make you aware of this.in the description of the product
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4.0 out of 5 stars On to Kansas we go. 20 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Loosely based around a true story, Dark Command sees John Wayne play Bob Seton, an uneducated cowboy from Texas who wins around the people of Lawrence, Kansas to become their town Marshall just prior to the outbreak of the civil war. This angers the previously respectful town teacher, Will Cantrell {Walter Pidgeon}, who after being beaten on the vote by Seton, forms guerrilla groups to raid, pillage and gun run around the Kansas countryside. Seton, now ensconced in the ways of the law, sets about crushing Cantrell and his unfeeling raiders, but there is also another matter at hand. Both men have deep affection for the same woman, Mary McCloud {Claire Trevor appearing with Wayne again after Stagecoach the previous year}, so things are just that little bit more spicy between them as things start to come to a head.

Directed by Raoul Walsh and adapted from the novel by W.R. Burnett {Little Caesar & High Sierra}, the picture also contains fine support from Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes and features a pleasing score from Victor Young. Tho historically dubious, Dark Command is no less enjoyable for being a creaky distortion of the "Quantrill's Raiders" {re: Cantrell} period in history. Those after a history lesson would be well advised to source from elsewhere in that respect. Catching John Wayne just as he was about to become the towering presence he was, the film also serves as notice to a time when stunts and character interplay were precious commodities. Walsh, ever the sharp eye for action, delivers some wonderful sequences here, horses and carts are a thundering, even careering over cliffs at one point. Whilst the final raid on Lawrence is a blood pumping feast for the eyes. But it's with the feel of the film that it ultimately succeeds as a period piece of note.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Early Attempt For Wayne 5 May 2011
Format:DVD
This underrated western was made just a year after John Ford's classic western "Stagecoach" which John Wayne had his first big role as the Ringo Kid. "Dark Command" is also just as good and it's directed by Raoul Walsh, who also directed Wayne in a early western called "The big trail". It also has an interesting cast, including Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers and George Hayes who starred as Wayne's sidekick in many westerns. If you are a fan of John Wayne, I guarantee that you will enjoy this early western.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much under rated western 27 Jun 2014
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Dark Command - John Wayne DVD

Dark Command is the one of the best of John Wayne's early movies (1940) and was Republic's first star vehicle for Wayne, and has a good screenplay from a W.R. Burnett novel, set in Civil War Kansas with a background story involving the bushwacker raids on the Kansas borders.

The director was Raoul Walsh with memorable music by Victor Young, co-stars Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon and Gabby Hayes, plus a good supporting cast including Marjorie Main, Porter Hall, Raymond Walburn, and Roy Rogers.

For some reason this film has been very overlooked and under rated and was late coming to DVD, but better late than never.

A must for any serious collector of John Wayne or western movies in general.
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