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Director:
Writers:
Borden Chase (original screenplay) and
Prescott Chaplin (story)
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Release Date:
28 May 1945 (USA) See more »
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PACKED WITH THE THRILL AND SPECTACLE OF THE WEST'S MOST EXCITING ERA! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
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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The Duke Takes On The Barbary Coast See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Duke Fergus

Ann Dvorak ... Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry

Joseph Schildkraut ... Boss Tito Morell

William Frawley ... Wolf Wylie
Virginia Grey ... Rita Dane
Russell Hicks ... Cyrus Danver, Owner San Francisco Star
Jack Norton ... Byline Conners, Reporter San Francisco Star

Paul Fix ... Calico Jim
Manart Kippen ... Dr. Gorman
Eve Lynne ... Martha, Morell's Secretary

Marc Lawrence ... Joe Disko, Gambler

Butterfly McQueen ... Beulah, Flaxen's Maid
Rex Lease ... Collingswood, headwaiter
Hank Bell ... Hank, cabby
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)
George Boyce ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Telephone Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Mother Bronson (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Townsman (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Waiter (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)
Frank Jaquet ... Prominent Citizen (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ... Barfly (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 ... Bit Role (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 ... Bit (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ... Fred Mallen (uncredited)
Beverly Reedy ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Joe Rickson ... Dealer (uncredited)
Arlyn Roberts ... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
Hector 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)
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)
 
Stunts
Bud Geary .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... 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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91 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Duke Takes On The Barbary Coast, 22 October 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Flame of Barbary Coast finds John Wayne as a visiting cowboy from Montana who makes and loses a fortune in a night and goes home busted. He also finds the love of his life in Ann Dvorak, an entertainer at Joseph Schildkraut's place on the Barbary Coast.

Schildkraut figures that Dvorak is his personal property. But the Dvorak romantic angle is a side issue because Wayne is figuring on not getting mad, but getting even. He's learned a bit about gambling from an oldtimer at the trade in William Frawley.

Of course Wayne and Schildkraut's rivalry is interrupted by the famous earthquake of 1906. As this is Republic Films and not Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer, the special effects are nice, but not near as good as those from MGM. As this was Republic's prestige film of the year, I'm sure it was the best that miserly old Herbert J. Yates could afford.

The most interesting member of the cast is Schildkraut, a scion of the old Spanish aristocracy who's chosen to make his living on the Barbary Coast in the dens of iniquity there. He's as in love with Dvorak as Wayne is, but likes his power and notoriety more.

Yates took some liberties with San Francisco history in this one. The MGM San Francisco did not bother mentioning any of the local political figures of the day, but Flame on Barbary Coast did and got it wrong. Wayne and Schildkraut square off in an election in 1906 that never took place between Mayor Eugene Schmitz and James D. Phelan. Phelan was in fact Schmitz's predecessor in office and Schmitz didn't lose an election. He got himself impeached for setting a standard of corruption that has had some urban historian calling him the worst big city mayor in American history. Now THAT would be an interesting film.

Still the Duke's legion of fans will love him in this one and others will like Joseph Schildkraut.

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