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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

Passed | | 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 »


Joseph Kane


Borden Chase (original screenplay), Prescott Chaplin (story)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




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


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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The brawling, colorful story of the queen of hearts and the ace of gamblers... with a shock climax such as the screen has never known! See more »


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Did You Know?


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


Tito Morell: With Compliments of the House!
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »


That Man (Is Always on My Mind
) (uncredited)
Written by Harold Lewis and Bernie Grossman
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Worth a Gamble
18 September 2018 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

"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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Release Date:

28 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hogueras de pasión See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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