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The Spoilers (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 11 June 1942 (USA)
In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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Ray Enright

Writers:

Rex Beach (novel), Lawrence Hazard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Cherry Malotte
Randolph Scott ... Alex McNamara
John Wayne ... Roy Glennister
Margaret Lindsay ... Helen Chester
Harry Carey ... Al Dextry
Richard Barthelmess ... Bronco Kid Farrow
George Cleveland ... Banty
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Horace Stillman
Russell Simpson ... Flapjack Sims
William Farnum ... Wheaton
Marietta Canty ... Idabelle
Jack Norton ... Mr. Skinner
Ray Bennett ... Clark
Forrest Taylor ... Bennett
Art Miles Art Miles ... Deputy
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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Crashing Fists in the Gold-Crazed Alaska of '98!

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Freibeuterin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to the studio continuity report the fight scene took five days to plot and shoot. See more »

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(at around 45 mins) Marlene Dietrich descends the staircase of her saloon and arrives at the bottom wearing a different dress than the one she wore at the top. See more »

Quotes

Glennister: I imagine that dress is supposed to have a chilling effect. Well if it is, it isn't working, 'cuz you'd look good to me, baby, in a burlap bag.
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"What You Win You Can Collect."
18 July 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is the fourth of five filmed versions of Rex Beach's redoubtable northern classic and since it's the only one out on video, it's the one best known to movie audiences. The stalwart trio of Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, and John Wayne head the cast in this story about gold miners losing their claims to con men and doing something about it.

Dietrich's Cherry Malotte is another version of the role she copyrighted in Destry Rides Again. And like in Pittsburgh, Randolph Scott and John Wayne have their hormones in overdrive.

Randolph Scott is the gold commissioner/conman Alex McNamara and it's the only time he ever played a thoroughgoing villain on the screen and he carries it off, but I prefer my Randolph Scott to be tough and heroic.

You need someone like Scott around because even though John Wayne's the good guy, he's just a little too sure of himself where Dietrich is concerned. Even though her heart's with the Duke, Marlene probably liked having Scott around.

Lots of slam bang action here, topped off by what some consider the most brutal movie fight in screen history. Its close rival in Pittsburgh also featured Wayne and Scott and this one is longer, but not as brutal as in Pittsburgh.

Nice cast of good supporting character actors and pay particular attention to Scott's companions in thievery, Samuel S. Hinds and Charles Halton.

With Randy Scott and the Duke and la Dietrich, how can you go wrong.


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