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

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Drama | Western

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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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(at around 45 mins) Marlene Dietrich descends the staircase of her saloon and arrives at the bottom wearing a different dress than the one she wore at the top. See more »

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No fighting in here allowed unless it's over me.
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We are in Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister {John Wayne} and his partner Dextry {Harry Carey}, are forced to fight to save their gold claims from the crooked commissioner, Alexander McNamara {Randolph Scott}. Backed by sultry saloon owner and entertainer, Cherry Malotte {Marlene Dietrich}, the team must overcome the odds and suspect politicians in order to get their just deserts.

Rex Beach's novel has been adapted five times thus far, and it's not hard to see why because the story is as solid as it gets. This take on the source has a wonderful sense of fun and adventure oozing from it, the cast are uniformly great and the direction from Ray Enright is tight and unobtrusive. Some fine set pieces dot themselves throughout the picture, culminating in a right royal {and lengthy} punch up between Wayne & Scott. No overkilling or tediously ham sequences are here, this is simply an enjoyable Western achieving all it set out to achieve from the off. 7/10


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