Dark Command

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.
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Republic
 
IMDB:
6.9
APPROVED
Year:
1940
94 min
18 Views


ABOUT KANSAS MUST BE TRUE.

EVEN THE WOMENFOLK THINK

NOTHING OF THREATENING

STRANGERS IN THE OPEN.

- GOOD MORNING, MISS McCLOUD.

- GOOD MORNING, MR. CANTRELL.

WOULD YOU BE GOOD ENOUGH TO

ASKHIMTO GET OUT OF THE WAY?

HE'S SO ENCHANTED

WITH YOUR MUSIC CLASS,

HE REFUSES TO MOVE.

YOUR INTEREST IS

VERY GRATIFYING, SIR.

FIRST TIME OUR SINGING LESSONS

HAVE EVER HELD UP TRAFFIC.

IF YOU'D CARE TO,

WE'D BE DELIGHTED

TO HAVE YOU JOIN US.

THANK YOU, MISTER.

IN THAT CASE, I RECKON

WE'LL MOVE ON.

GIDDY OUT OF THERE.

BEAUTIFULLY DONE,

MR. CANTRELL.

YOU CERTAINLY KNOW

HOW TO SAY THE RIGHT THING

AT THE RIGHT TIME.

EXCEPT WHERE YOU'RE CONCERNED.

OH, WELL,

YOU'VE HELD ME SPEECHLESS

WITH YOUR ELOQUENCE.

THAT'S JUST WHA I'M COMPLAINING OF.

I WANT TO LEAVE YOU

WITH JUST ENOUGH SPEECH

TO SAY ONE WORD,

BUT YOU NEVER DO.

MAYBE I SHOULD CHANGE

MY TACTICS.

YOU THINK I'D SAY YES

AT THE POINT OF A GUN?

IF I THOUGHT YOU WOULD,

I'D BE ARMED TO THE TEETH.

OH, THEN YOU'D SCARE ME

TO DEATH.

I'M GOIN' INTO TOWN

TO RENT AN OFFICE.

TAKE ABOUT A MONTH,

THE WAY I FIGURE, TO FIX

ALL THE TEETH IN THIS TOWN.

OF COURSE, THAT'S NOT COUNTIN'

THE ONES YOU'LL SEND IN.

THEN WE'RE HEADIN' WEST--

CALIFORNIA AND MOUNTAINS.

NO HURRY, DOC.

TAKE YOUR TIME.

I WANNA LOOK THIS COUNTRY

OVER GOOD.

WELL, IF YOU AIN' THE CONTRARIEST CRITTER

I'VE EVER SEEN.

WILL YOU PUT THAT GUN AWAY?

NO, SIR, I WILL NOT.

I WON'T WARN YOU AGAIN.

NOW PUT THAT GUN AWAY.

GIVE ME THAT GUN, I SAY.

NO, SIR, I'M OVER 21--

BOYS, BOYS, PLEASE.

DON'T YOU RAISE YOUR VOICE

TO ME, YOUNG SCALLAWAG, HAVE YOU

NO RESPECT FOR YOUR FATHER?

NOW GIVE ME THAT GUN.

WELL, I'M GETTIN' TIRED

OF BEING TREATED LIKE A KID.

MARY!

ELLIE! ELLIE!

DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH

THAT COST?

ELLIE, TAKE UP THE CARPETS

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Grover Jones

Grover Jones (November 15, 1893 – September 24, 1940) was an American screenwriter - often teamed with William Slavens McNutt - and film director. He wrote more than 104 films between 1920 and his death. He also was a film journal publisher and prolific short story writer. Jones was born in Rosedale, Indiana, grew up in West Terre Haute, Indiana, and died in Hollywood, California. He was the father of American polo pioneer Sue Sally Hale. more…

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