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 ...
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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
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"Duke Fergus" (John Wayne) is a cowboy traveling from Montana to the Barbary Coast of San Francisco when he happens to meet a young woman named "Flaxen Tarry" (Ann Dvorak) along the way. He also meets a man by the name of "Tito Morrel" (Joseph Schildkraut) who happens to be in love with Flaxen and owns the nightclub where she works as a singer. Although Flaxen helps Duke win a small fortune that night gambling, he soon loses all of his money to Tito in a card game and has to go back to Montana completely broke. But Duke is not only determined to win back all of his money but to also win the affection of Flaxen as well. Needless to say, this doesn't please Tito at all and he is willing to do anything to keep things as they are. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an entertaining movie which was helped by the rather unpredictable plot and the interesting setting. On the other hand, there wasn't much chemistry between the two lead characters and this lessened the overall effect to a certain degree. Despite this lack of chemistry, I enjoyed this movie for the most part and have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.
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