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Dark Command (1940) was a Western - Romance Film directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Sol C. Siegel.

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Dark Command (1940)

By Beatrice on May 7, 2014 From Flickers in Time

Dark Command Directed by Raoul Walsh Written by Grover Jones, Lionel Houser, and F. Hugh Herbert from a novel by W.R. Burnett 1940/USA Republic Pictures First viewing/Streaming on Amazon Instant Video Bob ‘Shortcut’ Seton: No, Mary, just common clay. It bakes kind of hard in Texas. This ... Read full article


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[repeated line]
William Cantrell: You have families and futures. When you vote, think of them!


Fletcher 'Fletch' McCloud: Well, I guess Lawrence is burned to the ground.
Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: Yeah. Well, we got a saying down in Texas: that it takes a good fire to burn down the weeds... to let the flowers grow.


Miss Mary McCloud: I thought they bred men of flesh and blood in Texas. I was wrong. You're made of granite!
Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: No, Mary, just common clay. It bakes kind of hard in Texas.


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The character of Will Cantrell is loosely based on the real life Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill. Like Cantrell, Quantrill was born in Ohio, taught school in Lawrence, Kansas, became a guerrilla fighter on the Confederate side and burnt Lawrence to the ground. However, the Confederacy eventually distanced itself from, and eventually disowned, him because of his band's propensity for executing prisoners, massacring civilians, looting and raping. The real Quantrill was killed in an ambush, beheaded by a Union cavalryman's saber, in Kentucky at the ripe old age of 27 instead of at the hands of Bob Seton.
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