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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Honest Plush Brannon
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Lil Damish
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Duke Cleat
Bruce Kellogg ...
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
Harry Hayden ...
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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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 »

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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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Wallace Beery and John Carradine
19 March 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1944's "Barbary Coast Gent" was an MGM 'B' vehicle for faded star Wallace Beery, which also features his lesser known older brother, Noah Beery Sr. (father of Noah Jr. of THE ROCKFORD FILES), in their last appearance together. Wallace spent the silent era in Hollywood playing villains, suddenly becoming popular in talkies doing lovable rogues, as he does here, only six final films before his 1949 death (three years after the passing of brother Noah, both at age 64). Honest Plush Brannon belies his name, a San Francisco con artist who stays one step ahead of the law; former partner and card cheat Duke Cleat (John Carradine) tries to avenge himself for a two year prison term, and winds up with a bad left arm for his troubles. Hightailing it east from the Barbary Coast toward Denver, Brannon pulls off a successful con in the growing Nevada community of Gold Town before discovering real gold present, deciding to try his hand at being a legitimate financier. Duke Cleat unexpectedly reappears, gleefully making off with the town's money, forcing Brannon to replace the cash the old fashioned way by robbing Wells Fargo stages. For his impressive third billing, John Carradine enjoys only 5 1/2 minutes screen time out of the lengthy 87 (he had a busy year, appearing in a baker's dozen titles overall). His only previous experience with Wallace Beery was voicing actor Dell Henderson's President William McKinley in 1936's "A Message to Garcia," while the older Noah was a major player in three of Carradine's earliest titles, "Bright Lights," "Tol'able David," and "To the Last Man," always as a villain.


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