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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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Andrew 'Doc' Grunch: You know, you could make something of yourself if you tried.
Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: Yeah?
Andrew 'Doc' Grunch: Yeah. You could run for marshal.
Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: Me being a marshal? Are you loco?
Andrew 'Doc' Grunch: Well, you could try. It's better for a young fella like you to be working for Uncle Sam than against him.
Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: I can't even read or write. You know that!
Andrew 'Doc' Grunch: Listen, you don't read or write a man into jail.


Angus McCloud: Four killings in a week! It's got to stop!
Judge Buckner: Four! Did you say four? That's right, four! Well, we're going to be quite a town, ain't we? I doubt that they have that many in Dodge City. No, I don't think so.
Angus McCloud: We aim to compete with any city in size, but not in lawlessness!


Bob 'Shortcut' Seton: [accepting Cantrell's dinner invitation] This is the first time I've had two kinds of bird for dinner - turkey to eat, and buzzard to look at.


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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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