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
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Year:
1940
94 min
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A SILVER WATCH:

AND FIVE DOLLARS

IN COIN OF THE REALM...

FOR EVERY SOUTHERN SETTLER

WHO WILL LEAVE HERE...

FOR THE RICH AND FERTILE

PLAINS OF KANSAS.

THE SOUTH NEEDS YOUR VOTE.

WE WANT NO FIVE-DOLLAR VOTERS.

WE WANT NO SILVER-WATCH

SETTLERS.

WE WANT TO PEOPLE KANSAS

WITH GOOD, HARDWORKING,

NORTHERN FARMERS.

[ Man Screaming ]

THERE YA ARE, SIR.

AS MEAN A MOLAR:

AS EVER I DID SEE.

GIVE ME TWO DOLLARS

AND WE CALL IT SQUARE.

WHAT DO YOU SAY?

[ Mumbles ] ALL RIGHT.

MUST'VE HIT YOU PRETTY HARD

TO LOOSEN UP THAT TOOTH.

WHAT'S THE TROUBLE?

I SAID PRESIDENT PIERCE

WAS A POLECAT.

WHICH HE IS!

THEN HE POPPED ME.

JUST WAIT TILL I GET HIM

IN KANSAS.

DON'T BLAME YOU IN A BIT.

ARE YOU A DENTIST?

AM I A DENTIST?

MY FRIEND, YOU'RE LOOKING

DIRECTLY AT THE BEST DENTIS WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI.

WHAT SEEMS TO BE YOUR TROUBLE?

BIG FELLA BACK THERE

BELTED ME ON THE MOUTH.

RIGHT IN THE CHAIR.

RIGHT IN THERE.

SIT DOWN THERE.

NOTHIN' ABOUT PIERCE,

I HOPE.

WHY, YEAH. WHO TOLD YOU?

[ Chattering ]

EXCUSE ME, PARTNER.

I DON'T WANT NO TROUBLE

WITH YOU, MISTER.

JUST LEAVE ME BE.

I'M MINDIN' MY OWN BUSINESS.

YOU MIND YOURS.

STRANGER, I AIN'T A-CARIN'

WHOSE WAGON YOU'RE FIXIN'.

WASN'T TALKIN' TO YOU

IN THE FIRST PLACE.

BUT IN THE SECOND PLACE,

I STILL THINK WE CAN DO

WITH A BETTER PRESIDENT.

SO WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO

ABOUT IT?

WELL, ALL RIGHT, MISTER.

YOU ASKED FOR IT.

[ Women Shrieking ]

RIGHT AFTER THE MEXICAN WAR,

MY WIFE SAYS TO ME, SHE SAYS,

"ANDREW, YOU KNOW WHA THIS COUNTRY NEEDS? "

I SAYS, "NO, WHAT'S IT NEED? "

SHE SAYS, "NEEDS MORE DENTISTS. "

WELL, IT DID,

SO I BECOME A DENTIST.

SAY "AH. "

AH!

THERE WE ARE.

HEY, WE AIN'T DOIN' BAD.

MADE $34 LAST THREE DAYS.

WELL, I CAN'T GO AROUND

POPPING PEOPLE ALL MY LIFE.

AND AM I ASKIN' YA TO?

WHO WERE YA WHEN I MET YA?

NOBODY.

STANDING AROUND IN TEXAS.

WANTIN' TO TRAVEL

AND SEE THE COUNTRY.

WELL, YOU'RE SEEIN' IT,

AIN'T YA?

YEAH, AND I AIN'T LIKIN' IT.

YOU TOLD ME I'D SEE MOUNTAINS

AND OCEANS.

THIS COUNTRY AIN' NO DIFFERENT THAN TEXAS.

AIN'T AS GOOD.

I KNOW, BUT TRAVEL

COSTS MONEY, SON.

YOU SAYIN'

I AIN'T EARNIN' IT?

NO, I'M NOT COMPLAININ'.

YOU KNOCK 'EM LOOSE.

I PULL 'EM OUT.

MAYBE-- I'M JUST SAYIN'

MAYBE, YOU KNOW--

IF YOU WAS MORE PROMISCUOUS

WITH YOUR PUNCHIN',

WE MIGHT MAKE:

A LITTLE MORE MONEY.

WHAT YOU MEAN,

"PROMISCUOUS"?

WELL, YOU GOT STRANGE IDEAS

ABOUT JUSTICE.

DON'T WANNA HIT NOBODY

UNLESS THEY DESERVE IT.

NOW THAT'S ALL RIGHT.

BUT WE'RE IN BUSINESS.

BUSINESS IS DIFFERENT.

I DON'T KNOW, DOC.

YOU'RE GONNA LOSE YOURSELF

A PARTNER UNLESS WE GET OU OF THIS TERRITORY PRETTY QUICK.

'CAUSE I AIM TO SEE

THEM MOUNTAINS:

YOU WERE TALKIN' ABOUT.

YOU GOT A MEMORY

LIKE AN ELEPHANT.

GIDDYAP.

BITE OF TATER, DOC?

CAN'T. BREAK MY PLATE.

GIDDYAP.

WHOA! WHERE DO I FIND

YOUR CAMPING GROUNDS, MISTER?

EDGE OF TOWN,

JUST PAST THE SCHOOLHOUSE.

MUCH OBLIGED.

HYAH!

?? LAND WHERE

MY FATHERS DIED? ?

?? LAND OF THE? ?

?? PILGRIMS' PRIDE? ?

DOC?

YEAH.

?? FROM EVERY MOUNTAINSIDE? ?

HEAR THAT?

SURE, PRETTY.

GIVES ME THE GOOSE PIMPLES.

SICK?

NO, JUST PROUD.

HELLO.

WOULD YOU MIND MOVING?

I'D LIKE TO GET THROUGH.

I SAID, WOULD YOU MIND MOVING?

I'D LIKE TO GET THROUGH.

OH, EXCUSE ME, MA'AM,

BUT I AIN'T HAD A CHANCE

TO HEAR SUCH PRETTY SINGIN'...

IN A LONG TIME.

YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE IT,

BUT MUSIC DOES SOMETHING TO ME.

THAT KIND OF MUSIC.

WHY, I CAN REMEMBER--

THAT'S ALL VERY INTERESTING,

BUT ARE YOU GOING TO MOVE

THIS WAGON, OR SHALL I HAVE I MOVED FOR YOU?

YOU KNOW, DOC, ALL THEM STORIES

WE'VE BEEN HEARING

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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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