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Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  September 1944 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Honest Plush Brannon
Lil Damish
Duke Cleat
Bruce Kellogg ...
Bradford Bellamy III
Portia Adair
Sheriff Hightower
Pete Hanibal (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Henry O'Neill ...
Colonel Watrous
Johnny Adair
Morris Ankrum ...
Alec Veeder
Bradford Bellamy I
Addison Richards ...
Wade Gamelin
Harry Hayden ...
Elias Porter
Paul E. Burns ...
Tim Shea
Paul Hurst ...
Jake Compton


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!


Comedy | Western


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September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gold Town  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Ray Teal (Bouncer), Ralph Sanford (Bouncer), Jack Norton (Drunk), Will Stanton (Drunk), Harry Rose (Drunk), Abigail Adams (Vi) and Al Bridge (Businessman). Other actors in news items and some production charts also not seen in the movie were Jack Kenny, Kit Guard, May McAvoy, [error] and Joe Yule. See more »


Honest Plush Brannon: Money's just for suckers who ain't got no conversational ability.
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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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