The Dark Command

The Dark Command

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Overview

The Dark Command

Set in the years leading up to the Civil War and its outbreak, Dark Command tells a fictionalized version of the story of William Clarke Quantrill, the schoolteacher-turned-renegade, whose raids -- ostensibly on behalf of the Confederacy -- turned Kansas into a charnel house. John Wayne plays Bob Setton, a young Texan who arrives in Lawrence, KS, in 1859 on his way west, partnered with George "Gabby" Hayes. He meets Marie McCloud (Claire Trevor) and her younger brother, Fletch (Roy Rogers), and takes a liking to them, especially Marie. His only competition for her is William Cantrell (Walter Pidgeon), the local schoolteacher, who has big ambitions in life. He is nominated for town marshal and seems a shoo-in, especially as his only rival is Bob Setton, who admits he knows nothing about the law and can't even read, but Setton wins with his honest, unpretentious speech. At the time, Kansas is riven by strife, as settlers from the North opposed to slavery and those from the South supporting it pour into the territory, and Setton has his hands full. His most difficult personal moment comes when he must arrest Fletch for shooting an anti-slavery farmer (Trevor Bardette) to death. Cantrell leads a campaign of terror against the jury, however, which finds the young man not guilty just as the Civil War breaks out. In the months that follow, Setton and his posse go after the raiders who are stealing and destroying huge amounts of property in Kansas on behalf of the Confederacy. He suspects Cantrell is their leader, but can't prove it, and has to tread carefully. As the raids worsen, and the war drags on -- even Marie's pro-Confederacy banker father is murdered during a run on his bank -- their conflict comes to a violent end as Cantrell launches an attack on Lawrence, vowing to destroy the town, with only Bob Setton and Cantrell's own mother (Marjorie Main) standing in his way.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2013
UPC: 0887090066105
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:34:00
Sales rank: 9,820

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claire Trevor Marie McCloud
John Wayne Bob Setton
Walter Pidgeon William Cantrell
Roy Rogers Fletch McCloud
George "Gabby" Hayes Doc Grunch
Porter Hall Angus McCloud
Marjorie Main Mme. Cantrell/Elizabeth Adams
Raymond Walburn Judge Buckner
Joe Sawyer Bushropp
Helen MacKellar Mrs. Hale
John Farrell MacDonald Dave
Trevor Bardette Hale
Budd Buster Actor
Tex Cooper Actor
Harry Cording Killer
John Dilson Actor
Edward Earle Actor
Mildred Gover Ellie
Frank S. Hagney Actor
Howard Hickman Actor
Jack Low Actor
Cliff Lyons Actor
Joe McGuinn Actor
Jack Montgomery Actor
Dick Rich Actor
Clinton Rosemond Actor
Harry Strang Actor
Hal Taliaferro Townsmen
Ferris Taylor Banker
Harry Woods Dental patient
Al Bridge Slave trader
Glenn Strange Yankee
Jack Rockwell Assassin
Edward Hearn 1st juror
Edmund Cobb 3rd juror
Yakima Canutt Townsman
Tom London Messenger
John Merton Cantrell Man
Ernie S. Adams Townsman
Wally Wales Vigilante
Richard Alexander Sentry

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Jan Fortune Screenwriter
Frederick Hugh Herbert Screenwriter
Lionel Houser Screenwriter
Grover Jones Screenwriter
John Victor Mackay Art Director
Jack A. Marta Cinematographer
William Morgan Editor
Murray Seldeen Editor
Sol C. Siegel Producer
Victor Young Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dark Command
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:17]
3. Chapter 3 [14:46]
4. Chapter 4 [7:38]
5. Chapter 5 [5:04]
6. Chapter 6 [9:49]
7. Chapter 7 [14:07]
8. Chapter 8 [11:00]
9. Chapter 9 [21:01]

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