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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Approved | | Musical, Romance, Western | 28 May 1945 (USA)
Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Borden Chase (original screenplay), Prescott Chaplin (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Duke Fergus
Ann Dvorak ... 'Flaxen' Tarry
Joseph Schildkraut ... Tito Morell
William Frawley ... 'Smooth' Wylie
Virginia Grey ... Rita Dane
Russell Hicks ... Cyrus Danver
Jack Norton ... 'Byline' Conners
Paul Fix ... Calico Jim
Manart Kippen Manart Kippen ... Dr. Gorman
Eve Lynne Eve Lynne ... Martha
Marc Lawrence ... Joe Disko
Butterfly McQueen ... Flaxen's Maid
Rex Lease ... Collingswood
Hank Bell ... Hank
Al Murphy Al Murphy ... Horseshoe Brown
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Storyline

Duke falls for Flaxen in the Barbary Coast in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. He loses money to crooked gambler Tito, goes home and PL: learns to gamble, and returns. After he makes a fortune he opens his own place with Flaxen as the entertainer. The 1906 quake destroys his place. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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PACKED WITH THE THRILL AND SPECTACLE OF THE WEST'S MOST EXCITING ERA! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hogueras de pasión See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The song "Carrie" by Albert von Tilzer was written in 1909, three years after the action in the movie takes place (1906). See more »

Quotes

'Smooth' Wylie: Now the first thing to learn about a deck of cards is how to handle 'em. They're a whole lot like women, usually when you pick one up, you wish you hadn't!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Love, Here Is My Heart
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Music by Leo Silesu
English lyrics by Adrian Ross
French lyrics by Louis Delamarre
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Compliments of the House
31 May 2003 | by pdavideastburnSee all my reviews

John Wayne, Duke Fergus, is tagged "King of Luck", after breaking the bank in several casino saloons with the help of Ann Dvorak, as Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry, who says, "You've just been promoted". From Duke to King. How ironic that the man known as The Duke in his lifetime had to be the object of this tongue-in-cheek line. Some would think that The Duke was above being a king. This movie does fit the small screen (of t.v), but maybe it was appropriate for the large screen in 1945 when folks weren't so jaded in their viewings. The real gem of this movie is Joseph Schildkraut, as Boss Tito Morell. How could a shady bad guy be so lovable? We love the under dog. Is there any question that The Duke will walk away with the lady? But Tito is the one who really loves Flaxen, and always holds back from resorting to "fixing" The Duke as his cronies want to do. He may be the evil foil, but you can't help but love this gentleman scoundrel. Loyalty does not pay in the end for our hapless romantic. And talk about obsession: the suitors of Flaxen still hang around even when it seems she will be paralyzed for life after the Great Earthquake (did San Francisco really have electric poles in 1906?!)--they hope the old trooper will return to the stage and awe their hearts, not to mention their libidos! As Flaxen is whisked off in Duke's carriage to Montana, Tito has the best line: "Compliments of the House"....


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