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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, Western | 28 May 1945 (USA)
Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a ... See full summary »

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'Flaxen' Tarry
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Tito Morell
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'Smooth' Wylie
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Rita Dane
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Cyrus Danver
Jack Norton ...
'Byline' Conners
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Calico Jim
Manart Kippen ...
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Joe Disko
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Flaxen's Maid
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Collingswood
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Hank
Al Murphy ...
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Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a fortune he opens his own place with Flaxen as the entertainer. The 1906 quake destroys his place. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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PACKED WITH THE THRILL AND SPECTACLE OF THE WEST'S MOST EXCITING ERA! (original poster) See more »


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A Cidade de Bárbaros  »

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$600,000 (estimated)
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When in her home, Ann Dvorak introduced herself to John Wayne: "My name is Ann" to which he replies "and I am Duke". You can go more genuine than that, as these are their real names. Friends of John Wayne always called him Duke. See more »

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Tito Morell: With Compliments of the House!
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Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

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A Hot Time in the Old Town
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Written by Theo. A. Metz and Joseph Haydn
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San Francisco Duke
16 March 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Happy-go-lucky Montana rancher John Wayne comes to San Francisco, wins and loses a fortune in a night, and begins a competition with a sleazy gambling-hall owner for the heart of singer Ann Dvorak. After some lessons from aging card-shark William Frawley, he comes back to town to win back the money and the girl.

Another of the Duke's lightweight, nineteen-forties Republic pictures, this okay romantic melodrama features a likable Wayne performance, some fairly lavish sets and costumes, and a neat low-budget recreation of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

This isn't the greatest or most memorable of John Wayne vehicles, but it's not the worst either.


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