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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

John Wayne , Ann Dvorak , Joseph Kane  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007GZQH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flame of Barbary Coast" on IMDb

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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.

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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3.0 out of 5 stars John Wayne In Different Form Here and it works December 13, 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wayne shows his versatility August 4, 2000
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great John Wayne experience 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Flame of the Barbary Coast November 27, 2007
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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4.0 out of 5 stars finally have it July 8, 2008
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pretty good movie if your a John Wayne fan. amazon was the only her in Wisconsin i could get this movie from as i am working having an entire collection of John Wayne's movies and this one i have been looking for for some time now. glad i was able to find it here
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