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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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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 pasiĆ³n 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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The song "Carrie" by Albert von Tilzer was written in 1909, three years after the action in the movie takes place (1906). See more »

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

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The Duke Takes On The Barbary Coast
22 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Flame of Barbary Coast finds John Wayne as a visiting cowboy from Montana who makes and loses a fortune in a night and goes home busted. He also finds the love of his life in Ann Dvorak, an entertainer at Joseph Schildkraut's place on the Barbary Coast.

Schildkraut figures that Dvorak is his personal property. But the Dvorak romantic angle is a side issue because Wayne is figuring on not getting mad, but getting even. He's learned a bit about gambling from an oldtimer at the trade in William Frawley.

Of course Wayne and Schildkraut's rivalry is interrupted by the famous earthquake of 1906. As this is Republic Films and not Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer, the special effects are nice, but not near as good as those from MGM. As this was Republic's prestige film of the year, I'm sure it was the best that miserly old Herbert J. Yates could afford.

The most interesting member of the cast is Schildkraut, a scion of the old Spanish aristocracy who's chosen to make his living on the Barbary Coast in the dens of iniquity there. He's as in love with Dvorak as Wayne is, but likes his power and notoriety more.

Yates took some liberties with San Francisco history in this one. The MGM San Francisco did not bother mentioning any of the local political figures of the day, but Flame on Barbary Coast did and got it wrong. Wayne and Schildkraut square off in an election in 1906 that never took place between Mayor Eugene Schmitz and James D. Phelan. Phelan was in fact Schmitz's predecessor in office and Schmitz didn't lose an election. He got himself impeached for setting a standard of corruption that has had some urban historian calling him the worst big city mayor in American history. Now THAT would be an interesting film.

Still the Duke's legion of fans will love him in this one and others will like Joseph Schildkraut.


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