The Dark Command
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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… More

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"Unusual Western, with eerie, sinister atmosphere, lots of political commentary, and strange relationships."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Republic's costliest film; it was also its biggest box office hit."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Above average western covering the Quantrill territory, full of fiction over fact, and starring John Wayne and Roy Rogers."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Nominated for the Interior Decoration and Score Oscars, this John Wayne pre-Civil War adventure is better than the norm due to Raoul Walsh's direction and good cast."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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