Dark Command

1940 film by Raoul Walsh

Dark Command is a 1940 American western movie directed by Raoul Walsh and based on the novel by W. R. Burnett. It stars John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Walter Pidgeon, Roy Rogers, George "Gabby" Hayes, Porter Hall, Marjorie Main and was distributed by Republic Pictures. It was nominated for 2 Academy Awards in 1941.

Dark Command
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Produced bySol C. Siegel
Written by
Based onThe Dark Command
1938 novel
by W.R. Burnett[1]
Music byVictor Young
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byWilliam Morgan
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 15, 1940 (1940-04-15) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Art Direction by John Victor Mackay.[4]



Dark Command was first shown in Lawrence, Kansas.[5]

Many people liked the movie. Republic wanted continue to give more money for John Wayne films because people liked this movie.[6]


  1. Landesman, Fred (2007-07-11). The John Wayne Filmography. ISBN 9780786432523.
  2. "Notes for Dark Command (1940)". tcm.com. Retrieved 2007-11-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Of Local Origin". New York Times. Oct 26, 1939. p. 31.
  4. "NY Times: Dark Command". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-12-13. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Schallert, Edwin (Apr 3, 1940). "Astaire-Zorina Duo Bright New Dance Idea: Film Ingenue Grows Up O'Brien Budgets Raised Mexican Actress Tested Veterans to Team Again Premiere Due in Kansas". Los Angeles Times. p. 13.
  6. Schallert, Edwin (June 4, 1940). "John Wayne Wins Star Role in 'Big Bonanza': New Series for O'Brien Switch in Spy Yarns R.K.O. Signs Blackmer Sanders to Play Sleuth Pangborn Air Spieler". Los Angeles Times. p. 13.

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