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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

In the beginning of the movie a man is shot at the hotel and the manager mentions that the victim's name was Lee Marcus. This is also the name of the associate producer of this movie (Lee S. Marcus). See more »

Goofs

When Glennister (John Wayne) and his men prepare to blow up the bank and steal the safe, they disguise themselves with what appeared to be coal dust to blacken their faces, but in a subsequent scene when Glennister visits Cherry Malotte (Marlene Dietrich) and her maid Idabelle (Marietta Canty), he's wearing traditional black-face makeup. 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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Double Entendres Abound!
22 July 2000 | by bobbyatglossSee all my reviews

This movie's got a good enough plot that it's been made at least 4 times, so you know that part's covered. It's a good story that holds up and moves at a good pace. The cast of stars are caught at interesting times in their varying careers. Dietrich is riding the Destry saloon girl role in a carbon copy of the original that belabors a huge oversized Gibson-girl wig and multiple extraordinary outfits befitting Marlene "the star". She brings her distinctive charm to the role and has a tongue-in-cheek ball with the sexually loaded script, but her role has nothing extra-special or magical. John Wayne is full of swagger and charm and working his way up the ladder towards the title of big stud cowboy on campus. Randolph Scott is turning the corner of his career into Westerns also; abandoning those light comedy or milquestoast leading roles and showing a glimpse of the hardnose tough guy & questionably moral cowboy that he came to be in later career moves. This is the penultimate film for Richard Barthelmess and his role is a morose and bitter one that fits his personal situation of a star who had had his day in the sun and was ready to step-down. Kudos, big laughs and a robust round of applause to the best delivery, lines and most entertaining scenes which are all handled by Marlene's maid - Idabelle - played beautifully and naturally by Marietta Canty. She WILL have you laughing out loud! This film is chock full of sexual innuendo, lust-filled motivation and snide comments; all subtly and enjoyably delivered.


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