Dodge City

Synopsis: Dodge City. A wide-open cattle town run by Jeff Surrett. Even going on a children's Sunday outing is not a safe thing to do. What the place needs is a fearless honest Marshal. A guy like Wade Hatton, who helped bring the railroad in. It may not help that he fancies Abbie Irving, who won't have anything to do with him since he had to shoot her brother. But that's the West.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

There's the 23rd marker, sir.

Twenty-three miles in

one hour and 14 minutes.

Gentlemen, that is moving.

Our engineer is trying to

set a record on the first run.

But I doubt if we can maintain

this speed on our regular schedule.

Why not? If this train can

do it, the rest of them can.

Providing Col. Dodge's new

town is worth speeding to reach.

Worth it? You wait and see.

Now it's just the end of the

line, but in a few years...

it'll give your railroad more

business than any town west of Chicago.

I hope you're right, Colonel. You've

stuck to that argument for five years.

Why shouldn't I?

I've raised that town from two

hog pens and a buffalo waller.

How big is it now, Colonel?

Well, at the last census, gentlemen,

they had three buffalo wallers.

Look, there goes the

stagecoach from Wichita.

We'll be carrying the mail from now on.

Listen to that snorting

teapot. She's already winded.

By Jove, we'll run her into the ground.

Better put your whip to them.

- Willie?

- Yes, sir, boss?

You go up and tell our engineer...

if that stagecoach beats us to

the end of the line, he's fired.

Yes, sir. And if this

train go any faster...

I'm gonna get off and walk...

'cause I don't like

this zest of the Lord.

By George, he's making a

good showing, you know it.

- We'll get him.

- We'd better get up some speed here.

- There he goes.

- We've got him.

Gentlemen, that's a symbol

of America's future: progress.

Iron men and iron horses.

You can't beat them.

Lucky devils. Nothing

to do, but eat and sleep.

That's right, hardhead.

The only difference between

you and them is a pair of horns.


Say, Wade, let's cut

out a couple of them.

No. We've killed our last buffalo, boys.

The railroad's finished

and so is our contract.

Besides, we've a little

appointment to keep, you know.

Come on.

Here comes our meal ticket

for the last six months.

So that's what a steam engine

looks like:
a coffeepot on wheels.

Come on, let's pay our

respects to the Colonel.

- Hello, Colonel. How are you?

- Fine, son. See you soon.

We'll be there.

By golly, Dodge, you

know everybody in Kansas.

Not quite. Those boys

have been working for us...

hunting buffalo to feed

our construction gang.

The young Irishman is Wade

Hatton. I met him during the war.

He fought for the rebels

in Jeb Stuart's cavalry.

Been everywhere, done

everything. Sort of a rover.

Well, it takes all sorts

of men to build a railroad.

No, sir. Just a couple of us Irishmen.

On your toes, men!

We're gonna start moving.

Watch those hides they don't slip.

Keep on your toes.

We're gonna start moving.

You drivers keep close together.

Ready to start whenever you say, Jeff.

All right, let's move fast!

- Which one of you men is Jeff Surrett?

- I am. Why?

I'm John Barlow, Commissioner

of Indian Affairs, from Kansas.

- You're under arrest. All three of you.

- For what?

For the illegal killing of

buffalo and selling their hides.

We got those buffalo on free

land, just the same as he did.

He has a government permit to kill

buffalo for the railroad workers.

- You got any such permit?

- No.

- Is this some of your business, Hatton?

- I made it my business.

As soon as I found out you were

shooting buffalo on Indian territory...

stealing the hides, and

letting the meat rot in the sun.

When any Indians protested, you

shot them down in cold blood.

This has been going on all winter.

It took you till now

to catch up with us?

We didn't want to. We just watched

you and counted the animals you killed.

You're lying. You'd have made them

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Robert Buckner

Robert Buckner (May 28, 1906 – August, 1989) was an American film screenwriter, producer and short story writer. more…

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