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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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Company Credits

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

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

'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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Carrie
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Music by Albert von Tilzer
Lyrics by Junie McCree
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Learn How To Make A Movie; Watch Flame of The Barbary Coast
8 September 2005 | by darkinvader45210See all my reviews

"Flame of the Barbary Coast" is a movie that I grew up watching in a movie theatre. It's easy to poke fun at a movie like this, or any movie made in that era, if you've only seen it on television. The power and quality of the performance of the film can only be seen on the big screen and not on the television screen. Actually, the cast is quite good and anyone interested in directing or photographing a movie should learn from the film. This movie makes every second and minutes count on the screen, and that's the reason the action never stops. Moving the camera in a certain way to make use of the drama and action with out two many cuts is genius, but then, these people knew what they were doing. Many repeats for good measure with eyes on an actor or actress moving side to side as if they are actually participating in the scene. The catty remarks between Virginia Gray and Ann Dvorak after Virginia Gray sings for an audition with Tito, oh boy - meow indeed! Who cares if Ann Dvoraks singing was a little off, and who cares if John Wayne tried his hand at singing on a horse? Who cares if Fred Mertz played a gambler before he was Ricky Ricardo's best friend? Who care's if Butterfly McQueen didn't get a chance to repeat "Ah knows how to birth babies Miss Scahlett!"? This movie is just good old fashioned campy entertainment with no foul words, no nudity, and in many ways the bad guy won when he said, "With Compliments of the House!" Anybody who doesn't like this movie is an old grumpy!


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