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When Johnny Smith stumbles out of the Club Inferno, he's shown with a letter 'S' on his sweater denoting his team from Spring Valley. As he continues into the street and stops short of getting hit by a car, the letter 'S' is reversed, and then when he collapses under the lamp post as lightning strikes it, the letter 'S' is normal again. See more »
Very near the end of the film where it shows all the luggage is marked "Spring Valley" even on the motorcycle policemen's motorcycle, then on the last policeman's back is a package marked "The End". See more »
John Wayne has the ability to shine through even the poorest of scripts. Its an interesting story where the Duke has to deal with his morals and conscience when moving to a corrupt city and falls in love with a dirty politicians daughter.
Francis Dee and Wayne have good on screen chemistry but this can be seen as the strength of Waynes acting rather Dees performance.
The show has the classic 40s slapstick comic relief. If you want to sit with some Wayne nostalgia then you will enjoy this movie. But if your looking for an exciting story with a well written script and good acting, then don't rush to this movie. It not a classic of the 40s, but its a classic example of 40s movies :-)
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