The Black Dakotas (1954)
Western film features gold coins and cowboys and Indians
The 1954 Columbia Pictures film "The Black Dakotas" is set in the American Dakota Territory in 1864
during the American Civil War.
is following him.
The gold, when it arrives, is in gold coin.
Zachary Paige is a United States government agent riding on a stagecoach to the town of Good Luck
in the Dakota Territory.
The stagecoach has the emblem of the town of Good Luck.
takes Paige's papers, kills him, and impersonates him.
are losing the war.
3. Marsh arrives in town
Marsh tells his version of the holdup to sheriff Mike Daugherty.
Standing next to Marsh with the red bandana is Joe Woods, who knows who Marsh really is.
There are two Indian chiefs, War Cloud is older and in favor of the treaty, and Black Buffalo,
who is against it and doesn't like settlers in general.
4. Marsh meets Black Buffalo
Black Buffalo has Marsh tied up and plans to set him on fire, but relents and allows him to fight
for his life with an Indian. Sheriff Mike Daugherty and some men arrive, free Marsh, and head back to town.
His daughter, Ruth Lawrence, arrives to protest the hanging.
5. Ruth and her Winchester
The mob disarms her and proceeds with the event, she then leaves and joins her lover, Sheriff Mike.
will soon arrive.
6. Mike suspicious
Mike has become suspicious of Marsh after a couple of local men are killed and a well-dressed man's
body was found near the scene of the stagecoach robbery.
The pair go on another trip, this time to meet the head chief War Cloud.
7. Marsh and Woods meet Chief War Cloud
They come to some agreement, and then find Mike and Ruth, who are captured, then Mike escapes.
Marsh, Woods, and their gang leave Ruth and head out to hijack the stage.
8. Marsh's men waiting for money stage
The money stage arrives guarded by US Cavalry.
9. The money stage
The robbery gang overpowers the guards and takes a strongbox with the gold.
10. Marsh and Joe with the goods
The gold is in the form of gold coins packed in bags.
11. Marsh shoots his partner
Marsh flees on horseback with the gold, but the Indians arrive, forcing Marsh to turn around.
12. Marsh fleeing Indians
Marsh drops the bags of gold onto the ground.
13. The goods on the ground
These appear to be standard "Radiant Eagle" game tokens or prop coins.
14. Radiant Eagle Game Counter Token
Sheriff Mike manages to catch up with Marsh and he is presumably hung.
15. Treaty signed
Gary Merrill as Brock Marsh / Zachary Paige
Wanda Hendrix as Ruth Lawrence
John Bromfield as Mike Daugherty
Noah Beery Jr. as Gimpy Joe Woods
Richard Webb as Frank Gibbs
Jay Silverheels as Black Buffalo
John War Eagle as Chief War Cloud
Writers: Ray Buffum, DeVallon Scott