The Black Dakotas (1954)

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During the American Civil War, Confederate spies aim to steal Union gold intended for the peace treaty with the Sioux and thus pit the Indians against the Union Forces.

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  • Noah Beery Jr. and Gary Merrill in The Black Dakotas (1954)
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  • Noah Beery Jr. and Gary Merrill in The Black Dakotas (1954)
  • Wanda Hendrix and Robert F. Simon in The Black Dakotas (1954)
  • Noah Beery Jr. and Clayton Moore in The Black Dakotas (1954)

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2 May 2012 | dougdoepke
Manages a Few Surprises
Complex B-western with shifting loyalties and a few surprises. In the Dakotas, it's Civil War southerners conspiring against northerners for possession of big money, with the Sioux nation as a wild card. Needless to say, you may need a scorecard to keep track. Nonetheless, the screenplay is offbeat and generally unpredictable, always a plus for a western.

There's also some surprisingly graphic violence on-screen, without the usual cut-aways to spare viewer feelings. Merrill's not a typical western lead, but then he's not playing a cowboy. Instead, he's an agent from Washington, but of uncertain loyalty. Watch for Noah Beery Jr. as Gimpy, bringing his usual down-home color to the role. All in all, it's an offbeat little western with some pleasant LA area scenery, which is enough for most of us.

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