Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)
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as Flaxen Tarry
as Calico Jim
as Smooth Wylie
as Rita Dane
as Cyrus Danver
as Dr. Gorman
as Horseshoe Brown
as Byline Conners
as Tito Morell
as Rita's Agent
as Duke Fergus
Critic Reviews for Flame of Barbary Coast
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.
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
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.
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..
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