When the Daltons Rode [DVD] [1940]

A dubious development deal makes outlaws out of two law-abiding brothers in this classic Western from Universal Home Video. Presented in 1.33:1 full-frame and offering audio rendered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono with optional Spanish and French subtitles, this disc offers no extra features to speak of.
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When the Daltons Rode
When the Daltons Rode is the much-embellished tale of that celebrated outlaw family, the Daltons. Broderick Crawford, Brian Donlevy, Stu Erwin and Frank Albertson play the gunslinging brothers, with Mary Gordon on hand as Ma Dalton. In the tradition of the 1939 western Jesse James, the film whitewashes the Daltons, showing them being forced into committing their crimes by duplicitous railroad interests. There's plenty of comic banter and byplay until about twenty minutes from the end; then the film becomes a nonstop marathon of action, halted only by the Daltons' fateful (and for the most part fatal) bank robbery in Coffeyville, Kansas. Randolph Scott is the nominal hero, a lawyer who befriends the boys and tries to dissuade them from their life of crime. When the Daltons Rode ends with all four brothers dead as doornails--even though the script was based on the autobiography of the surviving Dalton! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Randolph Scott
    Randolph Scott - Tom Jackson
  • Kay Francis
    Kay Francis - Julie King
  • Brian Donlevy
    Brian Donlevy - Grat Dalton
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft - Caleb Winters
  • Broderick Crawford
    Broderick Crawford - Bob Dalton
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