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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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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

When in her home, Ann Dvorak introduced herself to John Wayne: "My name is Ann" to which he replies "and I am Duke". Dvorak's character's name, Ann, is also her real name. Wayne's character's name, Duke, is also his real-life nickname. See more »

Quotes

Tito Morell: With Compliments of the House!
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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay
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San Francisco Duke
16 March 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Happy-go-lucky Montana rancher John Wayne comes to San Francisco, wins and loses a fortune in a night, and begins a competition with a sleazy gambling-hall owner for the heart of singer Ann Dvorak. After some lessons from aging card-shark William Frawley, he comes back to town to win back the money and the girl.

Another of the Duke's lightweight, nineteen-forties Republic pictures, this okay romantic melodrama features a likable Wayne performance, some fairly lavish sets and costumes, and a neat low-budget recreation of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.

This isn't the greatest or most memorable of John Wayne vehicles, but it's not the worst either.


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