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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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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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THE BOLDEST BANDITS IN A LAWLESS LAND!...Leap to fearless, reckless life! (original print ad) 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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Just as Bob Dalton jumps on the stagecoach from the large rock, the coach driver flinches before he even sees Bob jumping on him. See more »

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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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Lots of shooting
19 November 2014 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Randolph Scott (Tod) arrives in town looking for the Dalton family. He comes across them and stays to act as the town lawyer against a Land Development Company who is stealing land from the farmers of the town. Also, one of the Dalton brothers is accused of murder after one of the land developers is accidentally killed in a skirmish. Well, after the court case for the murder charge, the Dalton brothers take off and become outlaws.

This film is strange in that the leading man – Randy – is hardly in the film. This is a film about the four Daltons and their rampages of theft with a love strand thrown in. Kay Francis (Julie), who is second billed, plays the girlfriend of Broderick Crawford (Bob Dalton) and she is also hardly in the film. This is Broderick's film and God knows why he is cast in fifth position! There is a love triangle that is occasionally touched upon between Scott, Crawford and Francis but it is all rather forced. Why not just have a film about the Daltons and cut Scott and Francis from the proceedings? They aren't needed in this film. It doesn't seem respectful to the rest of the cast, who can carry things without the two headliners. I guess the studio just didn't want to take a risk.

Good scenes mainly involve the stunt work – we get horses jumping off a train, a horse jumping off a bridge and a bloke falling from a wagon underneath some horses, going underneath the wagon carriage and climbing up the back of the wagon! Set against this is the poor comedy tone that runs throughout the film. And all that blasted shooting in the end sequence. Nothing much going on with this film really. In fact, as already mentioned, it's particularly insulting to the cast as the two top billed stars aren't really in the film.


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