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Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)





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In this western, a Montana cattle rancher travels to San Francisco's notorious Barbary Coast and ends up falling in love with a dance-hall girl who helps him win big at the gaming tables. Unfortunately, a card sharp takes it all from the innocent rube.


Hank Bell
as Cabby
Ann Dvorak
as Flaxen Tarry
Paul Fix
as Calico Jim
William Frawley
as Smooth Wylie
Virginia Grey
as Rita Dane
Russell Hicks
as Cyrus Danver
Manart Kippen
as Dr. Gorman
Rex Lease
as Headwaiter
Eve Lynne
as Martha
Al Murphy
as Horseshoe Brown
Jack Norton
as Byline Conners
Joseph Schildkraut
as Tito Morell
Emmett Vogan
as Rita's Agent
John Wayne
as Duke Fergus
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Critic Reviews for Flame of Barbary Coast

All Critics (2)

Before becoming a major box-office star, John Wayne made many B-pictures, such as this Republic flick, a romantic triangle set in San Francisco circa 1906, which was nominated for several technical Oscars.

Full Review… | August 5, 2009

The script is so lame and murky that even the Duke doesn't seem interested in his character.

Full Review… | September 24, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Flame of Barbary Coast


Are you in the mood to be sensational? Duke resides in San Francisco and wants to marry and settle down but losses a fortune to a crooked casino owner. He returns home with his girl unable to get married. He studies card sharking and game playing and returns to the casino to wins his money back and then some. "You don't mind if I look?" "You can look." Joseph Kane, director of Country Boy, Track of Thunder, Smoke in the Wind, The Crooked Circle, Sea of Lost Ships, and Hoodlumn Empire, delivers Flame of the Barbara Coast. The storyline for this picture is very average with awkward lines and performances. The acting was fairly average and the cast includes John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, and William Frawley. "For my money you're a bunch of sniveling cripples." This picture was recommended to me by Fios so I gave it a shot. This was just okay and barely worth following. This is far from a classic and even Wayne seemed a bit rigid and awkward. I only recommend this to diehard Wayne fans. "We're not going to like each other, are we?" Grade: C

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Often misspelled title does not have a "the" in it. Not the biggest of budgets, but it's not bad. John Wayne is better than average. Fair sets and costumes. Okay songs, a rather ordinary film but watchable.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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..

Alan W.
Alan W.

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