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

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Drama | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Spoilers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were tensions between Scott and Wayne during filming. Scott's contract with Universal entitled him to billing above Wayne who was on loan from Republic, but he had wanted the role of Glennister too. Wayne was also depressed by his recent separation so Dietrich sought to distract him with outings to restaurants and sporting events as well as hunting and fishing trips at weekends. 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

Cherry Malotte: If it's action you boys want, the game's open. The roof's the limit. But, if you're really playful, I'll take that off too.
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Old Western Gold Yarn When the Law Was Illegal Works ***
9 February 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Nice action picture marks "The Spoilers."

Taking place in Nome, Alaska, John Wayne and Harry Carey own a gold mine. Along comes the gold commissioner (Randolph Scott) and a judge who work together as crooks to swindle people out of their stakes.

Marlene Dietrich is along for the ride as a gambling dance-hall queen. Her role is very similar to that of "Destry Rides Again," which was made three years before this picture.

Naturally, the Scott and judge duo want to clip Wayne and Carry. The judge has a niece (Margaret Lindsay) who will not quite make that happen. We've got shoot 'em ups, bar room brawls and dynamite explosions. If that isn't enough, we have Richard Barthelmess as Dietrich's manager who kills the sheriff and tries to frame Wayne for the murder. Barthelmess loves Dietrich and Wayne is in the way. Not bad, 2 women falling for Wayne.

Nice action flick with the theme of watch out for the law. A typical western production that works.


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