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The Spoilers (1942)

In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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Ray Enright

Writers:

Rex Beach (novel), Lawrence Hazard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlene Dietrich ... Cherry Malotte
Randolph Scott ... Alex McNamara
John Wayne ... Roy Glennister
Margaret Lindsay ... Helen Chester
Harry Carey ... Al Dextry
Richard Barthelmess ... Bronco Kid Farrow
George Cleveland ... Banty
Samuel S. Hinds ... Judge Horace Stillman
Russell Simpson ... Flapjack Sims
William Farnum ... Wheaton
Marietta Canty ... Idabelle
Jack Norton ... Mr. Skinner
Ray Bennett ... Clark
Forrest Taylor ... Bennett
Art Miles Art Miles ... Deputy
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In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.

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Taglines:

Crashing Fists in the Gold-Crazed Alaska of '98!

Genres:

Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Freibeuterin See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marlene Dietrich's character of Cherry Malotte is also featured in The Silver Horde (1920) and The Silver Horde (1930), played by, respectively, Myrtle Stedman and Evelyn Brent. Frank Lloyd was the director of "The Silver Horde" (1920) and the producer of "The Spoilers" (1942). Prints of both versions of "The Silver Horde" survive. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) Marlene Dietrich descends the staircase of her saloon and arrives at the bottom wearing a different dress than the one she wore at the top. See more »

Quotes

Idabelle: I sure hope there's some colored folks on that boat. I is gettin' mighty tired pretending Eskimos are from Virginia.
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Connections

Version of The Spoilers (1923) See more »

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Old Western Gold Yarn When the Law Was Illegal Works ***
9 February 2006 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Nice action picture marks "The Spoilers."

Taking place in Nome, Alaska, John Wayne and Harry Carey own a gold mine. Along comes the gold commissioner (Randolph Scott) and a judge who work together as crooks to swindle people out of their stakes.

Marlene Dietrich is along for the ride as a gambling dance-hall queen. Her role is very similar to that of "Destry Rides Again," which was made three years before this picture.

Naturally, the Scott and judge duo want to clip Wayne and Carry. The judge has a niece (Margaret Lindsay) who will not quite make that happen. We've got shoot 'em ups, bar room brawls and dynamite explosions. If that isn't enough, we have Richard Barthelmess as Dietrich's manager who kills the sheriff and tries to frame Wayne for the murder. Barthelmess loves Dietrich and Wayne is in the way. Not bad, 2 women falling for Wayne.

Nice action flick with the theme of watch out for the law. A typical western production that works.


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