Conflict (1936)

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    • Conflict (1936)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


      Plot Summary
      Pat's ability as a logging/mining camp fighter sets him up to box prizefighter Corrigan.
      Unknown to his supporters, he's actually in collusion with Corrigan to throw the fight
      - until he runs into reporter Maude.
      Summary written by Ed Stephan

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Pat Glendon
      Jean Rogers .... Maude Sangster
      Ward Bond .... Gus 'Knockout' Carrigan
      Tommy Bupp .... Tommy
      Bryant Washburn .... City Editor
      Frank Sheridan .... Sam Steubner
      Harry Woods .... 'Ruffhouse' Kelly
      Margaret Mann .... Ma Blake
      Eddie Borden .... 'Spider' Welsh
      Frank Hagney .... Mike Malone
      Lloyd Ingraham .... Adams, Newspaper City Editor
      Harry Bowen .... Gregg (uncredited)
      Leonard Kibrick .... Boy (uncredited)
      Bruce Mitchell .... Mr. Dennis (uncredited)
      Billie Morris .... Boy (uncredited)
      Fred Parker .... Old Lumberjack (uncredited)
      Edward Peil Sr. .... Reporter (uncredited)
      Richard Perry .... Boy (uncredited)
      Glenn Strange .... Jack (uncredited)
      Walter Weems .... Timekeeper (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Charles Logue screenplay
      Jack London novel The Abysmal Brute
      Walter Weems screenplay

      Original Music
      Howard Jackson

      Archie Stout

      Filming Location
      Tuolumne County, California, USA
      California, USA
      Sonora, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Conflict is a 1936 American drama film based on a novel by Jack London
      and a silent movie both titled "The Abysmal Brute".
      The film stars John Wayne, Ward Bond and Jean Rogers.

      This was Duke's 2nd. film of a 6 picture Universal deal,
      and it was not a happy time ,the films were mediocre,
      but things were about to change, because, just after
      Duke returned to Republic, for The Three Mesquiteers
      and thereafter Stagecoach

      Duke, in an unusual role, that of a lumberjack, who is a member
      of a gang that conducts prizefights.
      Ward Bond was solid, as the cheating leader of the gang.

      The action films, were entertaining, but were cheaply made, and proved to be
      disappointing at the box office.
      Conflict was no exception, and it made no pretense at being an epic,
      although its logging sequences were authentic, and its fight scene believable.

      The reviewer for the New York Times said,
      The picture has enough two-fisted ruggedness to stand on its own feet.

      Overall an enjoyable film, and very watchable

      User Review
      Duke a fake?
      6 May 2010 | by GManfred (Ramsey, NJ)

      "Conflict" is a formulaic '30's programmer with very little to recommend it. Let's see. You can see a young John Wayne getting experience and time in front of a camera. Jean Rogers is pretty. And there is some very nice background music by Charles Previn.

      Well, that's about it. Not much else going on here. Direction was dreadful and the Screenplay was simple-minded, and it all makes you think of Kid's matinees of the 40's - I loved those shows but we also got some cartoons and funny shorts to go with it.

      In this one, Duke is a lumberjack/set-up man for a crooked boxing con game working the Northwest with the"Champ" being none other than a youthful Ward Bond. But then Duke adopts an orphan boy, meets Jean Rogers, gets pangs of conscience, and guess what? You guessed correctly, so now you can buy or watch a better DVD, one more worthy of your time and expenditure.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Conflict (1936)

      Here is another film which I haven't seen, and was not very familiar with, until Keith posted about it here.

      Here is a theater poster, and the second one is a 1949 re-issue.
    • Re: Conflict (1936)

      I finally got to see this movie and I was pleasantly surprised with it. I thought it was better than most of his early B movies, and it was cool seeing Duke in something other than a quicky western. And the fight sequences, while corny by today's standards, were pretty good. The camera angles made it look more real. Like Keith said, "Overall an enjoyable film, and very watchable".

      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Conflict (1936)

      No, I've never seen it on any DVD collection. I got it from another member. I have no idea why it has never been released. I see it for sale on ebay every now and then, but it is usually a copy of someone's copy.
      "I couldn't go to sleep at night if the director didn't call 'cut'. "
    • Re: Conflict (1936)

      I got "Conflict" on eBay, where there's a guy selling rare and old Duke movies. The print wasn't very good, so it's nice to see the clearer pics posted above.

      The movie's corny, of course--you never doubt that the good guy, Duke, is going to beat the bad guy, Ward Bond. But I have a soft spot for this flick. For one thing, Duke gets an actual chance to act, and he does. He gets to show some range, from a tough underdog determined to win to a tentative and tender suitor.

      He's nowhere as good as he would be, but you can see the potential.

      BTW, does anyone know how many times Duke and Bond appeared together in a movie? Just counting, I have "Conflict," "The Long Journey Home," "The Quiet Man," "3 Godfathers," "They Were Expendable," and, of course, "The Searchers."

      Bond was Duke's best friend; they were both USC football players. Somehow I think it shows on screen, most notably in "The Searchers."

      I think "Conflict" is a small treasure. The studio created its weaknesses. Duke took the flawed material and ran with it. He always gave everything he had.

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