Flame Of Barbary Coast (1945)

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    Plot Summary
    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.
    Summary written by Ed Stephan

    Montana cowboy Duke Fergus travels to 1906 San Francisco to collect a debt from Tito Morell
    who runs a place on the dodgy Barbary Coast. Though he heads home after losing the money
    to Morell's card-sharping, Duke takes a crash course on card play and returns with all his savings
    ready to take on Morell and start up his own place.
    A lot of this is due to Morell's woman Flaxen whom Duke has fallen for.
    The earth may soon be moving for him in quite dramatic ways.
    Summary written by Jeremy Perkins

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Duke Fergus
    Ann Dvorak .... Ann 'Flaxen' Tarry
    Joseph Schildkraut .... Boss Tito Morell
    William Frawley .... Wolf Wylie
    Virginia Grey .... Rita Dane
    Russell Hicks .... Cyrus Danver, Owner San Francisco Star
    Jack Norton .... Byline Conners, Reporter San Francisco Star
    Paul Fix .... Calico Jim
    Manart Kippen .... Dr. Gorman
    Eve Lynne .... Martha, Morell's Secretary
    Marc Lawrence .... Joe Disko, Gambler
    Butterfly McQueen .... Beulah, Flaxen's Maid
    Rex Lease .... Collingswood, headwaiter
    Hank Bell .... Hank, cabby
    Al Murphy .... Horseshoe Brown
    Eddie Acuff .... Smokey, the Train Engineer (uncredited)
    Doc Adams .... Barfly (uncredited)
    Melva Anstead .... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
    Edmund Cobb .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Bud Geary .... Henchman (uncredited)
    Frank Hagney .... Morell Henchman (uncredited)
    Stuart Hamblen .... Jake (uncredited)
    Frank Jaquet .... Prominent Citizen (uncredited)
    Willie Keeler .... Barfly (uncredited)
    Patricia Knox .... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
    Tom London .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Adele Mara .... Marie (uncredited)
    Frankie Marvin .... Cowboy (uncredited)
    Jack Mulhall .... Gambler (uncredited)
    Bud Osborne .... Driver (uncredited)
    Jack O'Shea .... Barnes, the Dice Table Croupier (uncredited)
    Eddie Parker .... Pedestrian (uncredited)
    Victor Potel .... Train Fireman (uncredited)
    Bobbie Priest .... Bit (uncredited)
    Hugh Prosser .... Fred Mellon (uncredited)
    Beverly Reedy .... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
    Arlyn Roberts .... Dancehall Girl (uncredited)
    Hector Sarno .... Spectator at Dice Table (uncredited)
    Lee Shumway .... Casey (uncredited)
    Charles Sullivan .... Calico Jim's Bartender (uncredited)
    Emmett Vogan .... Rita's Agent (uncredited)
    Bill Wolfe .... Barfly (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Prescott Chaplin story
    Borden Chase screenplay

    Original Music
    R. Dale Butts (uncredited)
    Mort Glickman (uncredited)

    Robert De Grasse

    No known Triva/Goofs or Movie Locations

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 6 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Flame of Barbary Coast is a 1945 American Western

    To mark Republic's 10th.birthday, they released this Duke feature.
    Herbert Yates, the boss, approved a huge budget, and very substantial for the studio.
    They secured the services of Ann Dvorak,Joseph Schildkraut, Virginia Grey, Paul Fix,
    and Butterfly McQueen.
    Joseph Kane, directed a Borden Chase script.

    The reviewer, for the NYTimes said,


    John Wayne is perfectly cast ....
    That is, he gambles, fights, woos, and rides with consummate ease, if not historic aplomb

    However, reviewers, found the movie, lavish, if a tale too often told before.
    Duke received little satisfaction from making the film.
    Formulaic and trite, it lacked imagination, and was only just a step above a 'B' movie.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Hi,

    I have been researching all the threads, back to the start of the JWMB,
    looking for previous discussion, relating to this movie.
    I have found the following, comments, and have copied them here,
    so that they are now under one forum:-

    Flame Of The Barbary Coast


    post Nov 24 2004, 04:02 AM

    I bought this DVD a month or so ago but just got around to watching it tonight. (Can't remember if I ever saw it before....if I did, it's been many a year ago.)

    Anyway, I can't believe some of the goofy facial expressions Duke assumes in this picture. Anybody else agree who's seen the movie?


    post Nov 24 2004, 10:51 AM

    Stumpy and Arther I know exactly what you are talking about, regarding Dukes expression when he gets hit I think its just to be comical e.g. when he does it in Mclintock.

    Flame of Barbarry Coast is a terrible movie one of Dukes worst.


    post Nov 24 2004, 08:53 PM

    Duke also had an expression when he was put in an akward situation sometimes by a female lead.

    It would be interesting to see all these pictures an idea might be to post them all here so we can better understand what expression each member is talkign about, it might be fun as well looking at the many faces of John Wayne. :D


    post Nov 25 2004, 08:16 AM

    For me, the most interesting thing in Barbary Coast to look at is the script: Written by Borden Chase, one of the very best in western writing, you'll find a lot of the constallations he used so well, like the special friendly relationsship between hero and antagonist: friends at first, enemies then, and so on, like he did in Bend of the River with Jimmy Stewart and Arthur Kennedy, and of course in Red River between Wayne and Clift.


    A Girl Named Jen
    post Nov 29 2004, 04:56 PM

    Hey Robbie - good idea with posting photos of the expressions we like. I'll try and do that some time soon.
    I have a picture of him making that expression stuck to my cubicle at work, and am looking at it right now. :D

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • So many negative comments about this one... I saw it for the first time yesterday and loved it! Plenty of priceless moments. Duke is at easy in his role, and Dvorak and Schildkraut are very good too

    I don't believe in surrenders.

  • I can't believe that no one mentioned the special effects in this movie. Sure the plot may be ho hum, a little slow or boring. But when that earthquake struck, I was amazed at how great it looked. The casino caving in, the street swaying and breaking apart, the hydro lines starting the fire, all great. Considering that the movie is sixty years old, I was stunned!

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  • Hello!

    I'd had this film on video previously but never watched it that much. I enjoyed it though, which seems to go against popular opinion!

    Recently, I upgraded it to DVD, having purchased that Universal 34 disc box set.

    I have a quick question for anyone whom own the region 2 DVD: are those nasty glitches where the sound drops out between approx the 30 and 32 minute mark present on all the DVDs? I hope I haven't got a dud...

  • realgone, welcome to DukeWayne.com, "The Friendliest John Wayne message board this side of DotCom". Hope you find this place to your liking!

    Flame Of Barbary Coast is a movie the Mrs. and I have watched and enjoyed. Granted, it's not up near the upper levels of Duke's movies.

    In answer to your inquiry, there have been reports that those DVDs may have some problems. Can you take them back to where you bought them, and ask for a replacement?

    Chester :newyear:

  • Sadly, I no longer have a receipt; it was part of the 34 disc set, so I'd hate to take the whole thing back anyway. Since the discs are the same, I may try picking up the separate region 2 disc of 'Lady From Lousiana/Flame of Barbary Coast' and replacing it with that. I could then take the separate disc back as faulty. Sure, that means I'd have a spare, but could probably give it to someone.