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Borden Chase (original screenplay) and
Prescott Chaplin (story)
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Release Date:
28 May 1945 (USA) See more »
Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Not really a western, but John Wayne is still a cowboy. See more (16 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Duke Fergus

Ann Dvorak ... 'Flaxen' Tarry

Joseph Schildkraut ... Tito Morell

William Frawley ... 'Smooth' Wylie

Virginia Grey ... Rita Dane
Russell Hicks ... Cyrus Danver
Jack Norton ... 'Byline' Conners

Paul Fix ... Calico Jim
Manart Kippen ... Dr. Gorman
Eve Lynne ... Martha

Marc Lawrence ... Joe Disko

Butterfly McQueen ... Flaxen's Maid

Rex Lease ... Collingswood
Hank Bell ... Hank
Al Murphy ... Horseshoe Brown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Smokey, the Train Engineer (uncredited)
Doc Adams ... Barfly (uncredited)
Melva Anstead ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Barfly (uncredited)
Frank Balderrama ... Barfly (uncredited)
John Barton ... Barfly (uncredited)

Edward Biby ... Bill McGale (uncredited)
George Boyce ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Telephone Man (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Barfly (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Mother Bronson (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Townsman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Barfly (uncredited)

Kenne Duncan ... Gambler (uncredited)
Joe Evans ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bartender (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Henchman (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Morell Henchman (uncredited)
William Halligan ... Tom Buckman (uncredited)
Stuart Hamblen ... Jud McCone (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Barfly (uncredited)

Mahlon Hamilton ... Mr. Santer (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Prominent Citizen (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Whit Calverty (uncredited)

Patricia Knox ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)

Tom London ... Thompson, Townsman in Mob (uncredited)

Adele Mara ... Marie (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Speaker (uncredited)
Frankie Marvin ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll ... Attendant (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Gambler (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Barfly (uncredited)

Jack Mulhall ... Gambler (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)

Jack O'Shea ... Barnes, the Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Bartender (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Pedestrian (uncredited)
Victor Potel ... Train Fireman (uncredited)
Bobbie Priest ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Fred Mallen (uncredited)
Beverly Reedy ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Joe Rickson ... Dealer (uncredited)
Arlyn Roberts ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ... Spectator at Dice Table (uncredited)
Lee Shumway ... Casey (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Gambler (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Calico Jim's Bartender (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Gleason, Rita's Agent (uncredited)
Larry Wheat ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Barfly in White Suit (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Kane 
Writing credits
Borden Chase (original screenplay)

Prescott Chaplin  story

Produced by
Joseph Kane .... associate producer
Original Music by
R. Dale Butts (uncredited)
Mort Glickman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (photography) (as Robert DeGrasse)
Film Editing by
Richard L. Van Enger 
Art Direction by
Gano Chittenden 
Set Decoration by
Otto Siegel 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Robert Ramsey (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Production Management
Al Wilson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Virgil Hart .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Gordon Schaefer .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Frank McCarroll .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobbie Priest .... stunts (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Guerin .... camera engineer (uncredited)
Music Department
R. Dale Butts .... orchestrator (as Dale Butts)
Morton Scott .... musical director
Joseph Dubin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Larry Ceballos .... dance director

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Additional Details

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Not really a western, but John Wayne is still a cowboy., 1 February 2006
Author: Steve Haynie from Easley, South Carolina

Before watching Flame Of Barbary Coast I never read the description on the back cover of the DVD case. It mentions the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Fortunately I was aware of some of the history of that earthquake, so I was picking up the clues given throughout the movie. All I cared about before watching the movie was that it was a western with John Wayne in it. The movie is a "late" western in that it takes place as the wild west had been tamed and the 20th Century was becoming an entirely different reality.

The plot was okay, but a little thin. A Montana rancher goes to the big city, finds himself played out as a sucker, and returns to conquer the same people who made a fool out of him. Duke Fergus (John Wayne) takes lessons from his professional gambler friend, Wolf Wylie (William Frawley), and ends up beating the professional gamblers in their own casinos. Even for John Wayne this is quite amazing. Added to that is his love interest in Flaxen (Ann Dvorak), known as "the Flame of the Barbary Coast", who apparently has teased virtually every powerful man in town. At the time of the story she is tied to Tito Morrell (Joseph Schildkraut), the most successful and notorious of the gambling house bosses.

I liked the way Joseph Schildkraut played the classy, but devious, casino owner, Tito Morrell. His character hinted at aristocratic old world lineage and his determination to maintain a level of sophistication despite his present reputation. Tito's criminal side is never shown, only implied. John Wayne's character, Duke, never came across as simple. He loved his modest environment at his ranch in Montana, but he had a business sense and some integrity. Ann Dvorak's Flaxen is the character that seems a bit odd. If she has such a reputation for being the unobtainable prize, why do so many still want her? She really does smile her way through everything, too. It would have been really nice if she got one of those famous John Wayne spankings.

Establishing a specific time was done gradually and then deliberately. The house Tito provides for Flaxen is definitely built in an elaborate turn of the century European-influenced style that would not have existed thirty years earlier. Upon arriving in San Francisco there were many electric lights. A bathroom with running water is shown. Eventually a specific date in January of 1906 is mentioned, and later it is mentioned that April of the same year has arrived. Although everyone is moving on foot or in a horse drawn carriage, an automobile appears in one scene. The time placement was subtle in the beginning and made perfectly clear as it became more important to the plot.

I expected the climax of the movie to be the famous San Francisco earthquake. There really were explosions and gas fires from ruptured natural gas lines. Firefighters are shown in the movie running out of water because of broken water mains just as the real firefighters did. It is even mentioned that looters would be shot, as they really were. The catalyst that brought about changes in San Francisco set up the final scenes for the main characters. The true nature of everyone is shown in a final showdown between Duke, Tito, and Flaxen.

I liked Flame Of Barbary Coast. My only complaint is that the movie makes the Barbary Coast seem to be the most important part of San Francisco, and it is the only part of the city that is shown. The sets were elaborate and the actors were good. It cannot be called a gangster movie even though it has crime bosses. Over all it was more of a drama than a western, but it was worth watching.

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