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Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | September 1944 (USA)
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

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Honest Plush Brannon
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Lil Damish
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Duke Cleat
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Bradford Bellamy III
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Portia Adair
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Sheriff Hightower
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Pete Hanibal (as Noah Beery Sr.)
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Colonel Watrous
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Johnny Adair
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Alec Veeder
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Bradford Bellamy I
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Wade Gamelin
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Elias Porter
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Tim Shea
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Jake Compton
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Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

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Roaring ACTION! Riotous ROMANCE!

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Comedy | Western

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September 1944 (USA)  »

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Gold Town  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 12 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Tuesday 28 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its initial San Francisco telecast took place 23 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by New York City 14 April 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Quotes

Honest Plush Brannon: Money's just for suckers who ain't got no conversational ability.
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At the very end of the film, after the cast is listed, the following message is displayed "Pictures exhibited in this theater are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world". See more »

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Gwine to Rune All Night (De Camptown Races)
(1850) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
Played on piano in a saloon
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Jingle Bill a literate bandit
29 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Wallace Beery was once one of MGM's biggest box office draws, but by the mid Forties he was reduced to B pictures of which Barbary Coast Gent is an example.

Barbary Coast Gent finds Beery a genial con man who has to flee San Francisco and his long time lady love Binnie Barnes and head for Nevada and the alleged precious metals that are to be found there. There's nothing alleged about the gold mine he accidentally finds. But what to do about it.

He certainly needs money and for once he uses his persuasive conning powers to get investors in on a real deal. But he's a guy who usually takes the money and runs and the real problems of mining prove to be formidable.

When former associate John Carradine blackmails him, Beery is forced to real outlaw ways robbing all kinds of places to make him the money that Carradine took. Rather stupidly he takes to using poetical verses left at every scene to identify him as a literate bandit known as Jingle Bill.

It all works out for him though, somewhat in the end. Think of the John Ford Three Godfathers and you'll know what happens to Beery.

MGM did provide Beery with some great players for a supporting cast with Henry O'Neill. Paul Hurst, Ray Collins and the best being Chill Wills as a laconic sheriff. Fans of Wallace Beery should enjoy this.


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