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Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | September 1944 (USA)
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.


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William R. Lipman (story), Grant Garett (story) (as Grant Garrett) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Honest Plush Brannon
Binnie Barnes ... Lil Damish
John Carradine ... Duke Cleat
Bruce Kellogg ... Bradford Bellamy III
Frances Rafferty ... Portia Adair
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Hightower
Noah Beery ... Pete Hanibal (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Henry O'Neill ... Colonel Watrous
Ray Collins ... Johnny Adair
Morris Ankrum ... Alec Veeder
Donald Meek ... Bradford Bellamy I
Addison Richards ... Wade Gamelin
Harry Hayden ... Elias Porter
Paul E. Burns ... Tim Shea
Paul Hurst ... Jake Compton


Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

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Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 12 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Chicago Tuesday 1 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Hartford CT 15 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Seattle 17 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Cincinnati 2 February 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Philadelphia 28 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Minneapolis 9 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); its initial San Francisco telecast took place 23 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by New York City 14 April 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


After the stagecoach horses are stopped in town and Johnny Adair comes out into the street, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the left on the stairs and sidewalk. See more »


Lil Damish: I'll keep the homefires burning.
Honest Plush Brannon: You be careful who you let near the fireplace, okay?
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Crazy Credits

At the very end of the film, after the cast is listed, the following message is displayed "Pictures exhibited in this theater are given to the armed forces for showing in combat areas around the world". See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
Played offscreen on piano
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Jingle Bill a literate bandit
29 September 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Wallace Beery was once one of MGM's biggest box office draws, but by the mid Forties he was reduced to B pictures of which Barbary Coast Gent is an example.

Barbary Coast Gent finds Beery a genial con man who has to flee San Francisco and his long time lady love Binnie Barnes and head for Nevada and the alleged precious metals that are to be found there. There's nothing alleged about the gold mine he accidentally finds. But what to do about it.

He certainly needs money and for once he uses his persuasive conning powers to get investors in on a real deal. But he's a guy who usually takes the money and runs and the real problems of mining prove to be formidable.

When former associate John Carradine blackmails him, Beery is forced to real outlaw ways robbing all kinds of places to make him the money that Carradine took. Rather stupidly he takes to using poetical verses left at every scene to identify him as a literate bandit known as Jingle Bill.

It all works out for him though, somewhat in the end. Think of the John Ford Three Godfathers and you'll know what happens to Beery.

MGM did provide Beery with some great players for a supporting cast with Henry O'Neill. Paul Hurst, Ray Collins and the best being Chill Wills as a laconic sheriff. Fans of Wallace Beery should enjoy this.

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