Flame of Barbary Coast (1945)

91 mins | Western | 1945

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Writer:

Borden Chase

Cinematographer:

Robert DeGrasse

Production Designer:

Gano Chittenden

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to HR news items, Helen Vinson was originally cast in the role of "Rita Dane" and was replaced by Virginia Gilmore, who was then replaced by Virginia Grey. Flame of Barbary Coast was featured in Republic Pictures' tenth anniversary celebration in more than 2500 theatres over a nine-week period. The film marked Ann Dvorak's return to the American screen after an absence of some years, during which she served as an ambulance driver in Britain. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Sound and Best Music ... More Less

According to HR news items, Helen Vinson was originally cast in the role of "Rita Dane" and was replaced by Virginia Gilmore, who was then replaced by Virginia Grey. Flame of Barbary Coast was featured in Republic Pictures' tenth anniversary celebration in more than 2500 theatres over a nine-week period. The film marked Ann Dvorak's return to the American screen after an absence of some years, during which she served as an ambulance driver in Britain. The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Sound and Best Music Scoring. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 Apr 1945.
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Daily Variety
17 Apr 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Apr 45
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jul 44
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 44
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 44
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Aug 44
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Apr 45
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Jul 44
p. 1994.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
21 Apr 45
p. 2413.
New York Times
28 May 45
p. 22.
Variety
18 Apr 45
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
2d cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
Orch
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec, and Eff and mus mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Transparency projection shots
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Too Much Mustard" by Cecil Macklin
"(There'll Be) A Hot Time in the Old Town (Tonight)" by Theodore M. Metz and Joseph Hayden
"King Chanticleer" by A. Seymour Brown and Nat D. Ayer
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MUSIC
"Too Much Mustard" by Cecil Macklin
"(There'll Be) A Hot Time in the Old Town (Tonight)" by Theodore M. Metz and Joseph Hayden
"King Chanticleer" by A. Seymour Brown and Nat D. Ayer
"Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay" by Henry J. Sayers.
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SONGS
"Carrie," music by Albert Von Tilzer, lyrics by Junie McCree
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon," music by Gus Edwards, lyrics by Edward Madden
"Love, Here Is My Heart," music by Lao Silesu, English lyrics by Adrian Ross, French lyrics Louis Delamarre
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SONGS
"Carrie," music by Albert Von Tilzer, lyrics by Junie McCree
"By the Light of the Silvery Moon," music by Gus Edwards, lyrics by Edward Madden
"Love, Here Is My Heart," music by Lao Silesu, English lyrics by Adrian Ross, French lyrics Louis Delamarre
"Baby Blue Eyes--Have a Heart," music and lyrics by Jack Elliott
"That Man (Is Always on My Mind"), music and lyrics by C. Harold Lewis and Bernie Grossman
"Cubanola Glide," music Harry Von Tilzer, lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan.
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DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 26 May 1945
Production Date:
6 July--mid August 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 April 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13245
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
91
Length(in feet):
8,182
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10403
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Montana cowboy Duke Fergus comes to San Francisco in search of restitution from wealthy gambling house owner, Tito Morell, for a horse sale. Duke meets Ann "Flaxen" Tarry, unaware that she is Morell's girl friend and star performer at his Eldorado gambling house, the center of the notorious Barbary Coast district. At the Eldorado, Morell informs Duke that he paid for the horse in full and was not responsible for Duke's representative later losing the money gambling. When Duke accuses the Eldorado of being crooked, Morell pays him the amount due, then Flaxen takes him through the gambling tables and on to several neighboring houses, ensuring his win on every bet. Later, the other proprietors complain to Morell about their heavy losses, so he repays winnings that Duke acquired in a fixed card game. Embarrassed at his losses, Duke leaves town to continue his cattle drive, only later realizing he has been conned by Flaxen and Morell. After he sells his herd, he visits old friend and cardsharp Smooth "Wolf" Wylie and asks him how to beat Morell's system. Duke then returns to the Barbary Coast with all his money and Wylie to challenge Morell. He plays Morell and the other gamblers, soon winning enough money to begin construction of his own beach front house and a new club, called the Silver Dollar. Meanwhile, the city newspaper editor, Cyrus Danver, tells Morell that the political climate is against the rapid rise of the area gambling houses and elections will soon drive them out. Duke attempts to outbid Morell for Flaxen's contract, and when she uses the opportunity to raise her benefits, ... +


Montana cowboy Duke Fergus comes to San Francisco in search of restitution from wealthy gambling house owner, Tito Morell, for a horse sale. Duke meets Ann "Flaxen" Tarry, unaware that she is Morell's girl friend and star performer at his Eldorado gambling house, the center of the notorious Barbary Coast district. At the Eldorado, Morell informs Duke that he paid for the horse in full and was not responsible for Duke's representative later losing the money gambling. When Duke accuses the Eldorado of being crooked, Morell pays him the amount due, then Flaxen takes him through the gambling tables and on to several neighboring houses, ensuring his win on every bet. Later, the other proprietors complain to Morell about their heavy losses, so he repays winnings that Duke acquired in a fixed card game. Embarrassed at his losses, Duke leaves town to continue his cattle drive, only later realizing he has been conned by Flaxen and Morell. After he sells his herd, he visits old friend and cardsharp Smooth "Wolf" Wylie and asks him how to beat Morell's system. Duke then returns to the Barbary Coast with all his money and Wylie to challenge Morell. He plays Morell and the other gamblers, soon winning enough money to begin construction of his own beach front house and a new club, called the Silver Dollar. Meanwhile, the city newspaper editor, Cyrus Danver, tells Morell that the political climate is against the rapid rise of the area gambling houses and elections will soon drive them out. Duke attempts to outbid Morell for Flaxen's contract, and when she uses the opportunity to raise her benefits, Morell refuses to go along. They quarrel and Flaxen agrees to sing for Duke at the Silver Dollar. Duke meets with the other gambling house owners, and suggests they incorporate and run a clean and legal business. On the night of the Silver Dollar's opening, Morell attempts to win Flaxen back to the Eldorado and threatens Duke, but is overpowered by Wylie. After Flaxen's performance a great earthquake hits the city and the ensuing fire destroys much of the Barbary Coast including the Silver Dollar. Duke carries Flaxen to safety after she is hurled from the stage, but she is left paralyzed from her fall. Morell comes to visit her, but is disappointed by her injury and is more concerned with rebuilding and enlarging the Barbary Coast than her health. When Morell gets behind a shady challenger in the mayoral elections, the city business representatives ask for Duke's support. Dismayed over his losses, Duke refuses, planning to return to Montana. When Morell unexpectedly approaches Duke with the same suggestion of incorporating the gambling houses but for illegal purposes, Duke is angered and agrees to stay and fight for the city. Flaxen, hurt by Morell's rejection, determines to walk and on the night of the election, manages to walk into the Eldorado. Morell, waiting for illegally gotten tally sheets to rig the elections, is impressed enough to offer Flaxen her old job back. Duke and the election officials arrive in time to seize the tally sheets, and later, Flaxen leaves with Duke for Montana. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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