Synopsis: In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be extended into Dakota, plans to use their $20,000 nest egg to buy land options to sell to the railroad at a profit. On the stage trip to Ft. Abercrombie, their fellow passengers are Jim Bender and Bigtree Collins, who practically own the town of Fargo and Devlin is aware that they are prepared to protect the little empire... trying to drive out the farmers by burning their property, destroying their wheat, and blaming the devastation on the Indians. Continuing their journey north on the river aboard the "River Bird', Sandy and John meet Captain Bounce, an irascible old seafarer. Two of Bendender's henchmen, Slagin and Carp, board the boat and relieve John of his $20,000 at gunpoint. Captain Bounce, chasing the robber's dinghy, wrecks his boat on a sandbar. At Fargo, the land wars begin and John teams w
Genre: Western
Director(s): Joseph Kane
Production: Republic Pictures
82 min



Here I am!

Look... look up here!


- I'd like to see Mrs. Devlin.

- Would that be Miss Sandra?

- She's Mrs. Devlin now.

- Your name, Sir?

- I'm...

- Mr. Devlin?

Yes... Mr. Poli?


So you are the man who

married my daughter.

Well, we, uh...

Sorta got the idea in a hurry.

Throw him out!!

Ornery cuss, that Poli.

He don't fiddle with nobody.

He used to run a

stagecoach line,

before he went in for railroadin'.



Papa is just as

crazy as you are.

He'll get his gun,

and what about me?

Papa's kind of high

strung, isn't he?

Papa says you are

a gun-totin',

highbindin', tinhorn gambler.

Well, papa shouldn't talk like

that in front of the children.

But you are.

Sandra! How'd you get out

when I locked the door!?

Get him, men!


You'd better come back,

or from between the ears

I'll shoot you!

Wait... my bags!

We hadn't better make

any stops now, Sandy.

All right, then.

If I can't look pretty,

you can't either.

We're cleaned out for sure now.

- Who said so?

- Lunch?


Twenty thousand dollars.

That cinches it...

Sandy, I love ya.

Who wouldn't?

You couldn't win that

much in a poker game.

You mean, unless I was dealing.

That's papa...

He's shooting at us!

Hurry up!

Ah, that's nothing.

All I want to know is do you

take after papa or mama?

Papa always wants to

shoot things out.

He has no more sense

than you have.

I do hope he doesn't kill us.

He'd never get over it.

Well, I'd feel kind of

regretful about it myself.

He's got himself another gun!

Can't you go quicker?!

Do you suppose it

could be, Sandy,

that we weren't meant for

each other after all?

I don't like to butt in,

but I thought maybe I oughta

ask if you wouldn't prefer

another carriage?


Sit tight, Sandy! We're

headin' for California!

Well, do we have to

go to California?

Know a better place?!

How about Dakota?

Did you say Dakota?

Yes, Dakota.

Oh, I thought you said Dakota.

We'll make it California.


Turn left at the next crossing.


What's the matter?

You all right, sir?

Are you all right?

Yes, sir.

You're fired!

Get your horses!

What are you doing here?

He's only angry now.

Wait till he finds out I sold the

Gainsborough from his library.

What's wrong with Dakota?

It has lots of people

in it, hundreds,

and it's a great wheat country.

What does a man do

in a wheat country,

open a bakery?

There are lots of

things we could do.

Once we've established


Let's talk it over in California.

But some day,

when Dakota is admitted

into the union,

you could go into politics.

Oh, our money!

Speaking of politics,

where we're going there

are only two parties--

- The quick and the dead.

- All aboooaard!

That's our train. How

much do we owe ya?

Oh, forget about it, my friend.

It's on the house.

Maybe you hadn't better

draw up any plans until...

Until what?

I was gonna say until

your money runs out.

All aboooaaard!

- Did you say this is our train?

- Yes.

That lady is Sandra

Poli, Bigtree.

Her father owns this railroad.

That so?

Well, guess maybe she's

somebody we oughta know, huh?


Hurry up... don't let

them get away!!

Quick, send a telegraph

to Bells Crossing!

Yes, Mr. Poli.

To Jake Bonzo on train 67...

Say, "hold my daughter!

"Take from her the big tin horn

and knock out

his teeth!"

No, wait...

It's too much.

Just his front teeth,

that's enough.

And uh, wait...

No... no... no.

Maybe it would break her heart.

Maybe she would be mad...

it's no good. No... no.

Uh... say, "don't knock

out his front teeth."

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Lawrence Hazard

Lawrence Hazard (May 12, 1897 – April 1, 1959) was an American playwright and screenwriter active from 1933 to 1958. His career was cut short when he died at age 61 in 1959. His films include Man's Castle (1933) directed by Frank Borzage and starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young; Mannequin (1937) directed by Borzage and starring Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy; Strange Cargo (1940) directed by Borzage and starring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford; The Spoilers (1942) starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne; Jackass Mail (1942) starring Wallace Beery; Dakota (1945) starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan, and numerous other films as well as scripts for television anthologies in the 1950s. more…

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