Pittsburgh (1942)

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    Plot Summary

    Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham rides roughshod over his friends, his lovers,
    and his ideals in his trek toward financial success in the Pittsburgh steel industry,
    only to find himself deserted and lonely at the top.
    When his crash comes, he finds that fate has dealt him a second chance.
    Summary written by Jim Beaver

    Full Cast
    Marlene Dietrich .... Josie 'Hunky' Winters
    Randolph Scott .... John 'Cash' Evans
    John Wayne .... Charles 'Pittsburgh' Markham/Charles Ellis
    Frank Craven .... J.M. 'Doc' Powers
    Louise Allbritton .... Shannon Prentiss (Markham)
    Shemp Howard .... Shorty (the tailor)
    Thomas Gomez .... Joe Malneck (miners union president)
    Ludwig Stössel .... Dr. Grazlich (Doc Powers' partner)
    Samuel S. Hinds .... Morgan Prestiss (president, Prentiss Steel)
    Paul Fix .... Burnside (mine operator)
    William Haade .... Johnny (miner)
    Charles Coleman .... Mike (Markham's Butler)
    Nestor Paiva .... Barney, Cafe Proprietor
    Charles Arnt .... Building site laborer (uncredited)
    Lois Austin .... Bit (uncredited)
    Don Barclay .... Drunk (uncredited)
    Robert Barron .... Foreman (uncredited)
    Brooks Benedict .... Mr. Cooper, Wedding Guest (uncredited)
    Ted Billings .... Miner/Fight Extra (uncredited)
    Wade Boteler .... Mine superintendent (uncredited)
    Hobart Cavanaugh .... Derelict (uncredited)
    Jack Chefe .... Barber (uncredited)
    James Conaty .... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
    Harry Cording .... Miner (uncredited)
    Hal Craig .... Mr. Carney, Accountant (uncredited)
    Grace Cunard .... Bit (uncredited)
    Sayre Dearing .... Dance Extra (uncredited)
    John Dilson .... Wilson, Partner in Colliery (uncredited)
    Ed Emerson .... Reporter (uncredited)
    Bess Flowers .... Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
    Douglas Fowley .... Mort Frawley (Josie's escort) (uncredited)
    Jack Gardner .... Clerk (uncredited)
    Jack Gargan .... Officer at Ceremony (uncredited)
    Gus Glassmire .... Chemist (uncredited)
    William Gould .... Burns (production manager) (uncredited)
    Eddie Hall .... Photographer at war rally (uncredited)
    Chuck Hamilton .... Fight Extra (uncredited)
    Sam Harris .... Scientist (uncredited)
    Winifred Harris .... Bit (uncredited)
    Edward Keane .... Headwaiter (uncredited)
    Joe Kirk .... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
    Ethan Laidlaw .... Bit (uncredited)
    Nolan Leary .... Smith, Accountant (uncredited)
    Kay Linaker .... Sdecretary (uncredited)
    Frank Marlowe .... Bit (uncredited)
    Alphonse Martell .... Carlos (uncredited)
    Johnny Marvin .... Jones (uncredited)
    Larry McGrath .... Waiter (uncredited)
    Mira McKinney .... Tilda (uncredited)
    Paul McVey .... Thornton (uncredited)
    Irving Mitchell .... Bit (uncredited)
    Sandra Morgan .... Bit (uncredited)
    Frances Morris .... Secretary (uncredited)
    Edmund Mortimer .... Mr. Simons, Wedding Reception Guest (uncredited)
    Broderick O'Farrell .... Doorman (uncredited)
    Bob Perry .... Referee (uncredited)
    Lorin Raker .... Milgraine, Tailor (uncredited)
    Cyril Ring .... Mr. Wilcox (uncredited)
    William Ruhl .... Stretcher Bearer (uncredited)
    Virginia Sale .... Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)
    Paul Scott .... Doctor (uncredited)
    Harry Seymour .... Vaudeville MC (uncredited)
    John Sheehan .... Bill (uncredited)
    Charles Sherlock .... Chauffeur (uncredited)
    Jack C. Smith .... Officer O'Toole (uncredited)
    Sammy Stein .... Killer Kane (prizefighter) (uncredited)
    Charles Sullivan .... Miner (uncredited)
    Ben Taggart .... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
    Ray Walker .... Sutcliffe, Wise-guy reporter (uncredited)
    Anthony Warde .... Attendant (uncredited)
    Phil Warren .... Party Guest (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Kenneth Gamet screenplay
    George Owen story
    Tom Reed original story and screenplay
    John Twist additional dialogue

    Original Music
    Hans J. Salter (as H.J. Salter)
    Frank Skinner

    Robert De Grasse

    "The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 12, 1943
    with Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne and Randolph Scott reprising their film roles.

    # Anachronisms: Although the bulk of the picture takes place in the 1920s,
    clothes and hair styles are strictly up-to-the-minute 1942, when the picture was made.
    Early in the film, when the participants are supposedly racing to a mine disaster
    in the Pittsburgh area circa 1920, stock footage
    of a chase through downtown Los Angeles circa 1942 is used.

    # Boom mic visible: In the scene when Cash promises the workers
    they would get what was promised to them, the boom mic is reflected in the
    left upper corner of the window behind Cash.

    Filming Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 10 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Pittsburgh is a 1942 American drama film directed by
    and starring Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, and John Wayne.

    Based on a story by George Owen and Tom Reed, the film is about an ambitious coal miner
    who values wealth and power in the Pittsburgh steel industry over his friends, lovers, and ideals,
    only to find himself deserted and alone at the top. When his fortune crumbles around him,
    he discovers that fate offers him an unexpected second chance.

    Filmed partially on location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the film
    co-stars Shemp Howard of Three Stooges fame in a rare dramatic role.

    Dietrich, Scott, and Wayne also made The Spoilers together that same year.
    Scott received top billing over Wayne in both films despite the fact
    that Wayne's roles were larger and more important.

    An OK film , and quite watchable.
    Really a Marlene Dietrich vehicle, Duke is cast,
    alongside, Randolph Scott, in this moralistic, 'just shows you,
    what happens, when you get greedy', film!!!

    Not bad, even if a little contrived,
    There was obvious chemistry between Marlene and Duke, and this was
    not just confined to the screen!!

    Greed doesn't pay, but if a war breaks out, there may be redemption!!!
    However the duplicate fist fight from The Spoilers
    didn't excite the audiences, who found the film disappointing,and routine.

    Critics found it synthetic,and labeled it message, glossy propaganda.
    However, against, the critics grain, I quite enjoyed it.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The film is too obviously and irritatingly trying to teach a lesson. Only watchable because of Duke and Marlene, but even they don't play together as well as in Seven sinners.

    I don't believe in surrenders.

  • Taped this off cable. Not bad, not great either. I think I'm missing the last few min.on my tape.
    I have a rather large collection of WWII propaganda from US, UK, & the Nazis (YEMACH SHAMOY/ MAY THEIR NAMES BE ERASED). PITTSBURGH ISN'T THE BEST OF THE GENRE BUT IT SURE AIN'T THE WORST.

    John Bernard Books (The Shootist):
    "I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I expect the same from them."

  • I thought this was a decent movie. Sure, not a classic that you'd watch a million times, but I thought the first half hour was really good. It moved along quickly and was exciting and funny. Then Hunky came along and it slowed down quite a bit, but that was alright.

    I like the fact that John played a good guy turned bad guy turned good guy. It was really weird to see him being a jerk and acting the way he did. But of course he has to redeem himself in the end, but that is no different than any other film like this. You can definitely tell that it's from the WWII era and of course it's overly patriotic, but that's okay.

    [SIZE=3]That'll Be The Day[/SIZE]

  • This pretty much sums it up for me. I liked this movie all the way through. The outrageous propaganda in the end just makes it a "historic document" to me. I found this interesting.

    Popol Vuh

  • This is the DVD that has 5 movies in one including Pittsburgh. You can get this anywhere that sells DVD's especially on-line. The other movies are The Shepherd of the Hills, Jet Pilot, The Conqueror, Seven Sinners.

    This is a great set for all Duke fans.

    As for the movie (Pittsburgh), I like the movie and the story. It makes Duke look like the creep, but he does come around. That is a switch because when Duke and Randolph Scott are together, it is usually Scott that is the bad guy.

    Cheers :cool:


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • While this does not seem to be available anywhere on DVD, Amazon has it, starting at $19.97, no free shipping, for VHS.

    I suspect that a lot of these older movies will be on DVD sooner than we think, for less money, if what's happened in the last year is any indication.

    Chester :newyear:

    First of all, I have to say that for some reason, the above link takes you to the search results for Donovan's Reef, which might indicate that Amazon links that were the result of searches a while back might not be valid anymore.

    I searched for Pittsburgh by itself, and it doesn't even seem to be available on VHS (at least not at Amazon, at this time), but is of course available in the Americon Icon Collection referenced above.

    It's amazing how much more available John Wayne movies have become on DVD, in the past twelve months.

    For anyone who might have missed this DVD set, it is readily available on both Amazon and Deep Discount DVD, for a hair under $20, which is a great price for 5 movies!

    Chester :newyear:

  • Hi,
    Watched it again today after a quite long time and like it even more. Very watchable film. marleine and Duke sure had chemistry together and I can't say that it is mainly Dietrich film even if Duke credited 3d (he has 3d billing after Randolph Scott, can't belive that).
    And I like fist fight between Duke and Scott. And the first half of the film is funny and entertaining, the second more moralistic.
    Have anybody know - Marleine and Duke still had theirre affaire at this time. I remember only photo when they play chess during the breaks on the set. I also remember but don't quite sure that Scott had hard feeling about Duke, becouse he wanted Marleine himself, but fail to get her:stunned: . Is it true?

  • As far as this movie goes, I do not believe I have ever seen it-unless it was more than 30 years ago. And as far as the beautiful posters go, if I had the money and if they were up for sale; i'd collect them all.

    Es Ist Verboten Mit Gefangenen In Einzelhaft Zu Sprechen..

  • I liked to see the same turn of character in JW that happened in Tycoon. It was interesting to learn about about developments in the indusrty of the day.

    Greetings from North of the 49th

  • Just watched this today....it was okay....I must admit to not being a big fan of Marlene Dietrich's, don't get me wrong in the photos I have looked at she has a strong, beautiful look , but for me watching her on screen I am always distracted by her accent and sometimes the way she is lit almost seems to give her a " caught in the headlights " startled look !!! Just my thoughts.....

    Liked seeing the Duke a little bit more "nastier " around the edges , treats Marlene badly, marries into money to further his career, and is a tough boss to work for. But in the end it all turns out good.... looking forward to comparing this to the other ones he made with Marlene.... which are still on my to watch list !!!

  • Me again....forgot to add that when Cash is giving his speech to the disgruntled miners I'm sure you can see the sound mike lurching around in the window of the little office behind him !!! Not there for long, see if you can glimpse it !!!!

  • Have you ever wondered why a movie titled Pittsburgh and the person playing the part is listed third? Never figured that one out.

    Cheers :cool:


    "When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it"

    - John Wayne quote

  • Have you ever wondered why a movie titled Pittsburgh and the person playing the part is listed third? Never figured that one out.

    Cheers :cool:

    this was mainly a Marlene Dietrich movie,
    with Duke in support.
    It's all about the Pittsburgh steel industry,
    with Duke playing his bit.

    Best Wishes
    London- England