DODGE CITY (1939) C 104m dir: Michael Curtiz
w/Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ann Sheridan, Bruce Cabot, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, John Litel, Victor Jory, Henry Travers, Henry O'Neill
In Errol Flynn's first western, he plays a cattle buyer in Kansas in the days when the railroads were heading west.
From The Movie Guide: "DODGE CITY is top-flight action directed with verve and invention by Warner Bros. workhorse Curtiz. In a year with plenty of worthy western competition, this expensively mounted film nevertheless found a wide and appreciative public. [Sol] Polito's camerawork, highlighted by the rich use of color, is sweeping and fluid, and [Max] Steiner's score is vigorous and effective. A sequence involving a burning runaway train is handled well and the saloon brawl midway through the film, used time and again by the studio as stock footage, is magnificently staged and remains a classic of its kind. Not too surprisingly, de Havilland hated her rather standardized role, and Sheridan, in a more colorful part, unfortunately doesn't get as much footage as she deserves. This film belongs to the men, especially Flynn, who attacks the part with gusto and suitably adapts his British veneer to the code of the Old West. Flynn would make seven more westerns, but DODGE CITY remains his best outing in the genre. The story line for BLAZING SADDLES was taken from this film."