Dark Command Cast and Character Guide (1940 film)

Dark Command Cast: Dark Command, a 1940 crime western film directed by Raoul Walsh, stars iconic figures Claire Trevor, John Wayne, and Walter Pidgeon. Loosely based on Quantrill’s Raiders during the American Civil War, the movie is notable for being the only film where western legends John Wayne and Roy Rogers share the screen. Interestingly, this collaboration marked the sole instance of Wayne and Walsh working together since Walsh played a pivotal role in Wayne’s career a decade earlier. Having discovered Wayne working as a prop mover, Walsh renamed him and provided his first leading role in the widescreen Western epic “The Big Trail.”

Adding to the film’s charm is the inclusion of George “Gabby” Hayes as Wayne’s character’s sidekick. “Dark Command” received recognition at the Academy Awards, earning nominations for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction, the latter credited to John Victor Mackay. The film provides a unique blend of crime, western, and historical elements, creating an enduring piece of cinematic history with its star-studded cast and behind-the-scenes connections.

Dark Command Cast
Dark Command Cast
GenreWestern
War
Release dateApril 15, 1940 (United States)
Running time1H 34M
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$750,000
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byF. Hugh Herbert
Lionel Houser
Grover Jones
Jan Isbell Fortune
(adaptation)
Based onThe Dark Command1938 novel
by W.R. Burnett
Produced bySol C. Siegel
Star castClaire Trevor
John Wayne
Walter Pidgeon
Roy Rogers
Gabby Hayes
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byWilliam Morgan
Music byVictor Young
ProductioncompanyRepublic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Cast of Dark Command

Dark Command Cast

  • Claire Trevor; as Mary McCloud
  • John Wayne; as Bob Seton
  • Walter Pidgeon; as William “Will” Cantrell
  • Roy Rogers; as Fletcher “Fletch” McCloud
  • George “Gabby” Hayes; as Andrew “Doc” Grunch
  • Porter Hall; as Angus McCloud
  • Marjorie Main; as Mrs. Cantrell, aka Mrs. Adams
  • Raymond Walburn; as Judge Buckner
  • Joe Sawyer; as Bushropp (guerrilla)
  • Helen MacKellar; as Mrs. Hale
  • J. Farrell MacDonald; as Dave (gunrunner)
  • Trevor Bardette; as Mr. Hale

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