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Thumbnail for Dark Command (1940) Dark Command (1940)

Basics Critics:71Viewers:64Rusty:77
Category: Drama, WesternNotable as: Action/AdventureSub-Category: Western, Action/AdventureNarrative location: KansasRuntime: 94 - 96 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Raoul WalshScreenwriter: F. Hugh Herbert, Grover JonesMusic: Victor YoungCinematography: Jack A. MartaStars: Claire Trevor, John Wayne, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Porter Hall, Marjorie Main, Joe Sawyer, J. Farrell MacDonald Producer: Sol C. SiegelStudio: Republic PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White (John Victor Mackay)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (Victor Young)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Dark Command is a 1940 Western film starring Claire Trevor, John Wayne and Walter Pidgeon loosely based on Quantrill's Raiders during the American Civil War. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the novel by W.R. Burnett, Dark Command is the only film in which western icons John Wayne and Roy Rogers appear together, and was the only film Wayne and Raoul Walsh made together since Walsh discovered Wayne working as a prop mover, renamed him, and gave him his first leading role in the widescreen western The Big Trail a decade before. The film also features George "Gabby" Hayes as Wayne's character's sidekick. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction by John Victor Mackay.

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