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Flame of Barbary Coast

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FLAME OF BARBARY COAST: John Wayne is "Duke," a good-hearted rancher from Montana who comes to San Francisco to collect a debt owedto him by Tito (Joseph Schildkraut), slick owner of a casino. He falls in love with Flaxen (ann Dvorak), the beautiful saloon singer engaged to Tito! Duke loses his hard-earned bankroll at Tito's casino forcing him to leave town. But not for long! The next time he comes to town, his luck radically changes. In fact, he's so lucky that he almost cleans out Titl's casino. With his winnings, Duke builds a casino across the street from tito, hiring Flaxen to star in his floor show. All goes well until the great San Fransisco earthquake forces Duke, Flaxen and all the residents of the city to regroup and rebuild. William Frawley also stars in this exciging drama featuring "the Duke" at his larger than life finest.

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Republic Pictures could be downright bewildering when they tried for sophisticated entertainment (mostly the studio specialized in B-movie-with-a-plus knockabout). Exhibit A is this San Francisco wannabe that, despite the presence of John Wayne in a Stetson, is not a Western because it's all citified, takes place six years into the 20th century (when is that earthquake due?), and spotlights romance, capitalism, and civic virtue instead of gunplay. Montana cowhand Duke Fergus (Duke Wayne), effectively robbed by big-time gambler Tito Morell (Joseph Schildkraut), studies up on gambling and returns to beat the simpering Continental at his own game and wrest away his beloved chantoosie Flaxen Tarry (Ann Dvorak). At regular intervals, two of these three people will have a scene in which they express major hostility, come to an understanding, indicate mutual admiration, then get mad all over again--within the space of eight lines of dialogue. None of this makes sense, so it must be sophisticated. --Richard T. Jameson

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, Virginia Grey
  • Directors: Joseph Kane
  • Writers: Borden Chase, Prescott Chaplin
  • Producers: Joseph Kane
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZQH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,249 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flame of Barbary Coast" on IMDb

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gus Mauro on December 13, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
John Wayne the reigning hero of Western & Action films is in a departure of his usual tough guy personna by playing a chracter of self doubt. Wayne plays a Rancher who competes with a gambling tycoon on the Barbary Coast over the hand of a beautiful dance hall queen. This film also displays the infamous 1906 San Fransisco Earthquake. One of the highlights in a film that is otherwise routine. Another highlight is seeing this film in colured version instead of black & white.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A.M.Boughey VINE VOICE on August 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This early outing finds Wayne in a romantic, light hearted story that showed early signs of what was to come. Watch closely to see early parallels with later legendary performances with Maureen O'Hara in films such as the quiet man. Only about 100 mins long, but very easy viewing, and absorbing, don't be put off by the early year of production - this is a very good movie.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Lubrano on March 8, 2007
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First-if you like John Wayne-you'll like this movie. It was one of his earlier efforts, but he already had those qualities that hold a viewer to the story. The supporting cast is superb-it's a classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dhart on May 31, 2014
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An entertaining film with John Wayne as a Montana cowboy coming to San Francisco' Barbary Coast to get back some money a hand of his lost when he delivered a horse for him. He wins and then loses thousands of dollars and goes back home empty handed. But did meet and fall in love with the Belle of the Coast Ann Dvorak. Returning to San Francisco he sets out to win her by becoming a major player in the city. You know she is going to end up with The Duke (who's character is called Duke), but they do a good job of making you wonder with the competition of Joseph Schildkraut (he does a great job) the good bad guy of the film. Well done and entertaining movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Friedman on February 14, 2014
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This is an old fashioned western and in Wayne's career a movie made that showed his growth as a leading man prior to the great westerns he made starting a couple years later with 3 Godfathers, Fort Apache and Red River. It's a fine movie and I really appreciate the acting of Josepth Schildkraut as a "not so bad" heavy. He clearly made the most of a script that allowed him to be anything but one of the cardboard villains who inhabit the earlier Wayne vehicles (and often cause them to be classic B westerns). He is in turn witty, suave, ruthless and, in the end, a European gentleman somewhat like the heavies in Viennese operettas such as Die Fliedermaus (the Bat in English) by Strauss. The female leads are also quite good. Highly recommended as it looks and sounds just great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeeJay on October 14, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
One of many films John Wayne made while under contract with Republic Studios, this may seem to be just another westerner but instead it takes place in 1906 on the cobbled streets of old San Francisco rather than on the dusty plains. Wayne plays a Montana rancher named Duke (naturally) who arrives at the lawless Barbary Coast to collect a debt owed to him from saloon owner and cad Tito Morell (Joseph Schildkraut), and immediately falls in love with the cads singer girlfriend, Flaxen (Ann Dvorak). After Tito makes a fool out of him a now penniless Duke sheepishly heads home where he learns to be a card shark. With this new found talent Duke returns to Barbary Coast to beat Tito at his own game and maybe even steal his girl.
One of the great things about Republic films were how economically they made their movies. 'Flame' was undoubtedly Republic's big release of 1945 but it clocks in at a brisk 91 minutes. There is a lot of story in this brief running time but the film ignores any filler and sticks to the meat; Duke falls in love with Flaxen at first sight. After being run out of San Francisco we are given scene where Duke is starting to learn how to play cards and in the very next scene he is back at Barbary Coast winning every hand at every saloon until he is just as rich and powerful as the bemused Tito. Shortly after that he has his own upper-class saloon and has Flaxen headlining it. This all happens within 60 minutes and is followed by the showstopping earthquake sequence, courtesy of the famous Lydecker brothers. And after that there is still a full third act to follow. If this movie were made ten years later it would be two and a half hours long, in super widescreen and garish color and dare I say, not nearly as good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Smith on January 7, 2008
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FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE FANS OF THE"DUKE"I RECOMMEND YOU ADD THIS TO YOUR COLLECTION.MY WIFE AND I ENJOY JOHN,S FILMS AND THIS ONE IS ONE OF HIS BEST,A REAL TEAR JERKER AT THE END.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jerry L. Detling on November 27, 2007
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This is one of John Wayne's Classic movies I have searched for years for.
I was very happy to find it here with Amazon. There speedy service & the condition of the product was in the best of, like new condition.
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