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Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Western | September 1944 (USA)
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

William R. Lipman (story), Grant Garett (story) (as Grant Garrett) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wallace Beery ... Honest Plush Brannon
Binnie Barnes ... Lil Damish
John Carradine ... Duke Cleat
Bruce Kellogg ... Bradford Bellamy III
Frances Rafferty ... Portia Adair
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Hightower
Noah Beery ... Pete Hanibal (as Noah Beery Sr.)
Henry O'Neill ... Col. Watrous
Ray Collins ... Johnny Adair
Morris Ankrum ... Alec Veeder
Donald Meek ... Bradford Bellamy I
Addison Richards ... Wade Gamelin
Harry Hayden ... Elias Porter
Paul E. Burns ... Tim Shea
Paul Hurst ... Jake Compton
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Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.

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Roaring ACTION! Riotous ROMANCE!

Genres:

Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gold Town See more »

Filming Locations:

Lone Pine, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its USA television premiere in Los Angeles Monday 12 November 1956 on KTTV (Channel 11) followed by Chicago Tuesday 1 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2); it first aired in Hartford CT 15 January 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Seattle 17 January 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Cincinnati 2 February 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), in Philadelphia 28 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6) and in Minneapolis 9 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9); its initial San Francisco telecast took place 23 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), followed by New York City 14 April 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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After the stagecoach horses are stopped in town and Johnny Adair comes out into the street, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible to the left on the stairs and sidewalk. See more »

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Honest Plush Brannon: Anybody can break an egg but nobody can put the pieces back together again.
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Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Foster
In the score during the opening credits
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Wallace Beery and John Carradine
19 March 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1944's "Barbary Coast Gent" was an MGM 'B' vehicle for faded star Wallace Beery, which also features his lesser known older brother, Noah Beery Sr. (father of Noah Jr. of THE ROCKFORD FILES), in their last appearance together. Wallace spent the silent era in Hollywood playing villains, suddenly becoming popular in talkies doing lovable rogues, as he does here, only six final films before his 1949 death (three years after the passing of brother Noah, both at age 64). Honest Plush Brannon belies his name, a San Francisco con artist who stays one step ahead of the law; former partner and card cheat Duke Cleat (John Carradine) tries to avenge himself for a two year prison term, and winds up with a bad left arm for his troubles. Hightailing it east from the Barbary Coast toward Denver, Brannon pulls off a successful con in the growing Nevada community of Gold Town before discovering real gold present, deciding to try his hand at being a legitimate financier. Duke Cleat unexpectedly reappears, gleefully making off with the town's money, forcing Brannon to replace the cash the old fashioned way by robbing Wells Fargo stages. For his impressive third billing, John Carradine enjoys only 5 1/2 minutes screen time out of the lengthy 87 (he had a busy year, appearing in a baker's dozen titles overall). His only previous experience with Wallace Beery was voicing actor Dell Henderson's President William McKinley in 1936's "A Message to Garcia," while the older Noah was a major player in three of Carradine's earliest titles, "Bright Lights," "Tol'able David," and "To the Last Man," always as a villain.


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