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The Spoilers (1942)

 -  Drama | Western  -  8 May 1942 (USA)
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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Alex McNamara
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Al Dextry
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Bronco Kid Farrow
George Cleveland ...
Banty
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Judge Horace Stillman
Russell Simpson ...
Flapjack Sims
William Farnum ...
Wheaton
Marietta Canty ...
Idabelle
Jack Norton ...
Mr. Skinner
Ray Bennett ...
Clark
Forrest Taylor ...
Bennett
Art Miles ...
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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gold | miner | nome alaska | alaska | saloon | See more »

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Crashing Fists in the Gold-Crazed Alaska of '98!

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Drama | Western

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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The character of the lawyer Wheaton is played by William Farnum, who played the John Wayne role of Roy Glennister in the 1914 original film version (The Spoilers (1914)) of this story. See more »

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Dextry's ability to get four shots out of a single-shot flintlock without any indications of reloading. See more »

Quotes

Glennister: I imagine that dress is supposed to have a chilling effect. Well if it is, it isn't working, 'cuz you'd look good to me, baby, in a burlap bag.
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for what it is, it's very very good
22 April 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I like films like THE SPOILERS because they have absolutely no pretense about them. They are simple B-movie-type films with relatively simple plots and familiar actors but pack a lot of predictable but fun entertainment into them. Sure, since it's a John Wayne flick you KNOW that he will win in the end and you KNOW what to expect. And, for me, that's not a bad thing. I like a good old fashioned John Wayne flick like most of the ones he did in the 40s--good, solid, and entertaining. The only odd thing is that the Duke is billed 3rd when it is clearly his film. Top billing went to Marlena Dietrich--who at the time was the bigger star. However, her part is pretty flat and she clearly acts in support of Wayne. And, second billing went to Randolph Scott. But, once again he was clearly not the leading character but the villain. Now if all this doesn't make sense, you need to understand that although Wayne had made many films by 1942, most were B-movies and he still was only just becoming the break-out star he would so clearly be in just a few short years.

In addition to being a good old John Wayne flick (among his better ones of the 40s), the direction and plot are pretty good as well. A very good movie--nearly deserving a score of 8.


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