Upon arriving in San Francisco there were many electric lights. The time placement was subtle in the beginning and made perfectly clear as it became more important to the plot. This is also seen in many of his films where his carries the reputation of being a hard riding shoot em up gunman who always gets to kill the villain. Though Ann at first brings Wayne luck, he ends up losing his shirt to cardshark. Determined to get his own back Duke heads off to learn how to play cards and then returns with all his money to not only get his revenge on Morell but open his own gambling house.
He's learned a bit about gambling from an oldtimer at the trade in William Frawley. Even Duke himself in the film's post-earthquake showdown gives Tito a little brotherly clip to the jaw and commends Tito for being a nice guy—some of the time. She really does smile her way through everything, too. He's as in love with Dvorak as Wayne is, but likes his power and notoriety more. Tito's criminal side is never shown, only implied. Were forties' audiences aware of these none too subtle references? As for the earthquake itself: well, let's just say Republic's Herbert J. I would think they might replace it, if for no other reason than good public relations.
The film has an okay song score Dvorak is not exactly a world class singer , but if you're wanting an all singing, all dancing earthquake-centric spectacular, your better bet is probably San Francisco. Summary written by Jeremy Perkins Full Cast John Wayne. This postwar Republic Pictures production—directed with B-movie proficiency by the studio's mainstay and western specialist Joseph Kane—delivers on all counts. In my previous post on this subject I suggested and which Itdo took up on, that in Flame of the Barbary Coast, whether the film is good bad or indifferant, the plot was gentle. At the time of the story she is tied to Tito Morrell Joseph Schildkraut , the most successful and notorious of the gambling house bosses. Ann Dvorak's Flaxen is the character that seems a bit odd. Perhaps the film's most unusual element is the character of Tito himself.
It is even mentioned that looters would be shot, as they really were. 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. She really does smile her way through everything, too. The house Tito provides for Flaxen is definitely built in an elaborate turn of the century European-influenced style that would not have existed thirty years earlier. The catalyst that brought about changes in San Francisco set up the final scenes for the main characters. But Flame of Barbary Coast ups the ante no pun intended by having Duke lust after Flaxen, when it's rather clear she's more or less committed to Tito, for better or worse. There's some minor but noticeable distortion in the opening credits underscore, but once that anomaly is gotten past, things are largely pretty nice sounding.
Yates took some liberties with San Francisco history in this one. Over all it was more of a drama than a western, but it was worth watching. When he's ready, he sells all he owns and returns to the city to challenge Morell's rule of the Barbary Coast. Fortunately I was aware of some of the history of that earthquake, so I was picking up the clues given throughout the movie. Dancehall Girl uncredited Hector Sarno.
He's a man who has a noble lineage as is hinted at several times , and he carries himself with a certain aristocratic authority. I hope I haven't got a dud. Even for John Wayne this is quite amazing. I liked the way Joseph Schildkraut played the classy, but devious, casino owner, Tito Morrell. Eve Lynn, a magazine cover model who had never acted before, was cast in the second lead.
Laboratory services by Film Technology Company, Inc. Predictably, Fergus gets cheated and loses all his money. New York Times 1923-Current file ; New York, N. The Duke and The Dvorak decide to bid adieu to the City by the Bay, heading off to Montana to start life anew. Screenwriter: Borden Chase Cinematographer: Robert DeGrasse Art Director: Gano Chittenden Editor: Richard L.
By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our. The true nature of everyone is shown in a final showdown between Duke, Tito, and Flaxen. There's even a 1945 precursor to Sensurround at play with an omnipresent lowish emphasis on the ish frequency drone. Spectator at Dice Table uncredited Lee Shumway. The Earth Moves for Duke and Dvorak Montana cowboy Duke Fergus arrives in San Francisco in search of Tito Morell , the owner of The Eldorado, as he is there to collect on a debt he has a bought from one of his ranch hands. Duke the character is fleeced by Morell, even as Flaxen tries to use Tito's rigged floor games to help her new interest, and that turns Duke into a man with a mission, namely becoming a gambling ace.
The year is 1883, and Boll is plying the waters off the island of Java, trying to steer free of the law the Dutch enforcing their colonial monopoly on trade and pirate lawlessness. Joe Disko, Gambler Butterfly McQueen. Establishing a specific time was done gradually and then deliberately. The true nature of everyone is shown in a final showdown between Duke, Tito, and Flaxen. Chastened by the experience, Wayne leaves Frisco with his tail between his legs, returning only after he himself has become a gambling expert. Most of these were directed by Joseph Kane, who also worked with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers.
With his winnings, Duke builds a casino across the street from Tito, hiring Flaxen as his opening night headliner. But whilst revenge is Duke's motivation so is Flaxen who he has become smitten with putting him up against Morell again who wants her all to himself. It mentions the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. A pretend Javanese dance sequence and Ralston's frequent costume changes provide the sole feminine diversions. In Richard D McGhee's book John Wayne, Actor, Artist, Hero he looks at these three aspects that went towards John Wayne's make up and attitude towards pictures giving what I think, in a very insightful book, is a very good statement.