Dark Command

A drama of undying love.

Genres: Drama, Romance, Western
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.
Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1940-04-15
Run time: 94 minute / 1:34
Director: Raoul Walsh
Writers: Grover Jones, Lionel Houser, F. Hugh Herbert.
Production Company : Republic Pictures
Production Country: United States of America



Claire Trevor
as Miss Mary McCloud
John Wayne
as Bob Seton
Walter Pidgeon
as William 'Will' Cantrell
Roy Rogers
as Fletcher 'Fletch' McCloud
George 'Gabby' Hayes
as Andrew 'Doc' Grunch
Porter Hall
as Angus McCloud
Marjorie Main
as Mrs. Cantrell / Mrs. Adams
Raymond Walburn
as Judge Buckner
Joe Sawyer
as Bushropp
Helen MacKellar
as Mrs. Hale
J. Farrell MacDonald
as Dave
Trevor Bardette
as Mr. Hale
Ernie Adams
as Townsman
Richard Alexander
as Phil - Guerrilla Guarding Seton
Earl Askam
as Guerrilla
Hank Bell
as Townsman
Ray Bennett
as Guerrilla
Stanley Blystone
as Tough
Ed Brady
as Juror
Al Bridge
as Slave Trader
Roy Bucko
as Brawler
Nora Bush
as Townswoman
Budd Buster
as Townsman
Yakima Canutt
as Townsman on Balcony
Bob Card
as Townsman
Horace B. Carpenter
as Townsman
Burr Caruth
as Minister
Noble Chissell
as Guerrilla
Edmund Cobb
as Juror #3
Tex Cooper
as Townsman
Harry Cording
as Angry Townsman in Bank
Bobby Crandall
as Child
Marvin Davis
as Child
Art Dillard
as Guerrilla
John Dilson
as Town Leader
Edward Earle
as Town Leader
Betty Farrington
as Townswoman
Robert Ferrero
as Child
Joseph Forte
as Townsman
Mildred Gover
as Ellie - Mary's Maid
Herman Hack
as Townsman
Frank Hagney
as Tough Yankee #2
Al Haskell
as Townsman
Edward Hearn
as Jury Foreman
Howard Hickman
as Southerner Orating for Votes
Lloyd Ingraham
as Townsman
Jack Kirk
as Guerrilla
Ethan Laidlaw
as Guerrilla
Mike Lally
as Townsman
Tom London
as Messenger
Walter Long
as Townsman
Jack Low
as Juror #2
Herbert MacGregor
as Child
Cactus Mack
as Townsman
Nelson McDowell
as Farmer
Joe McGuinn
as Guerrilla
John Merton
as Cantrell Man
Jack Montgomery
as Guerrilla
Dolly Nardon
as Child
Lawrence Osman
as Child
Russell Palmer
as Child
Harvard Peck
as Child
Dick Rich
as Dental Patient #1
Lee Riggin
as Child
Jack Rockwell
as Assassin of Angus McCloud
Clinton Rosemond
as Tom - McClouds' Servant
Tom Smith
as Posse Rider
Harry Strang
as Man About to Withdraw Money from Bank
Glenn Strange
as Tough Yankee #1
Bob Sáenz
as Guerrilla
Hal Taliaferro
as Angry Townsman in Bank
Al Taylor
as Guerrilla
Ferris Taylor
as Banker
Ernest Tobey
as Child
Ethel Wales
as Townswoman
Cecil Weston
as Townswoman
Henry Wills
as Guerrilla
Harry Woods
as Man in Fight with Seton
Bob Woodward
as Yankee
Michael Miller
as Child
Grover Jones Screenplay

Raoul Walsh Director

Sol C. Siegel Producer

Jack A. Marta Director of Photography

Victor Young Original Music Composer

William Morgan Editor

W.R. Burnett Novel
Lionel Houser Screenplay
F. Hugh Herbert Screenplay

Costume & Make-Up
Adele Palmer Costume Design

Jan Fortune Adaptation

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