Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV series)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is an American science fiction television series based on the 1961 film of the same name. Both were created by Irwin Allen, which enabled the movie's sets, props, special effects models, sometimes footage, to be used in the production of the television series. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea was the first of Irwin Allen's four science fiction television series, the longest-running; the show's theme was underwater adventure. Voyage was broadcast on ABC from September 14, 1964, to March 31, 1968, was the decade's longest-running American science fiction television series with continuing characters; the 110 episodes produced included 32 shot in black-and-white, 78 filmed in color. The first two seasons took place in the then-future of the 1970s; the final two seasons took place in the 1980s. The show starred David Hedison; the pilot episode "Eleven Days to Zero" was shown in black-and-white. It introduces the audience to the futuristic nuclear submarine S. S. R. N. Seaview and the lead members of her crew, including the designer and builder of the submarine Admiral Harriman Nelson, Commander Lee Crane, who becomes the Seaview's captain after the murder of her original commanding officer.
The submarine is based at the Nelson Institute of Marine Research in Santa Barbara, is moored some 500 feet beneath the facility in a secret underground submarine pen carved out of solid rock. The Seaview is for undersea marine research and visits many exotic locations in the Seven Seas, but its secret mission is to defend the planet from all world and extraterrestrial threats in the then-future of the 1970s; the first season's 31 episodes included gritty, atmospheric story lines devoted to Cold War themes and excursions into near-future speculative fiction, involving espionage and sci-fi elements. Aliens, sea monsters and dinosaurs were featured, but the primary villains were hostile foreign governments. While fantastic, the scripts had a semblance of reality; the first episodes began with Admiral Nelson and the crew of the Seaview fighting against a foreign government to prevent a world-threatening earthquake, continuing with a foreign government destroying American submarines with new technologies in "The Fear Makers" and "The Enemies".
The season had several ocean peril stories in which the Seaview crew spent the episode dealing with the normal perils of the sea. Two examples are "Submarine Sunk Here" and "The Ghost of Moby Dick"; the season introduced a diving bell and a mini-submarine, the first episodes featuring extraterrestrials and sea monsters. During the course of the first season, Nelson was promoted from a three-star to a four-star admiral, it was established that while a marine research vessel, SSRN Seaview was part of the U. S. nuclear armed fleet. The season ended with the Seaview crew fighting a foreign government to save a defense weapon; the second season began with a trip inside a whale, a trip inside a volcano, a few Cold War intrigue and nuclear war-themed episodes, saw several brushes with world disaster. The season ended with one of the show's few sequels. Due to ABC's demands for a somewhat "lighter" tone to the series, the second season saw an increase in monster-of-the-week type plots, yet there were still some episodes that harkened back to the tone of the first season.
The second season saw a change from black-and-white to color. The beginning of the second season saw the permanent replacement of Chief "Curly" Jones with Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey, due to the death of Henry Kulky, who portrayed Chief Jones; the most important change in the series occurred during this season when a notably redesigned Seaview interior was introduced, along with the Flying Sub, a yellow, two-man mini-submarine with passenger capacity. The Flying Sub could become airborne; the futuristic craft increased the Seaview crew's travel options. It was launched from a bay, access to, via a sealed hatch stairway at the bow section; the Seaview's private observation deck from the first season was never seen again. The Seaview control room was expanded and a large rectangular panel screen of flickering lights was added; the Seaview now had a powerful laser beam in its bow light. The small mini-sub from the first season was retained and still used in the color episodes; the ship's enlisted men were given more colorful uniforms and white Keds Champion sneakers.
The traditional sailor uniforms worn in the first season were only seen in stock footage from the first season and on characters who were newly filmed to match up with that footage. A second-season episode, "The Sky's On Fire", was a remake of the basic storyline of Irwin Allen's 1961 film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea utilizing considerable film color footage, though several film sequences were removed and had been featured in other first-season episodes such as "The Village of Guilt" and "Submarine Sunk Here." A few season two episodes were filmed without Richard Basehart, hospitalized for a bleeding ulcer. He filmed the scenes in the Flying Sub for "The Monster's Web" before hospitalization, requiring a stand in and other characters taking over his lines, he was missing from the next two episodes. These episodes didn't feature his character at all, while in one story "The Menfish" Gary Merrill guested as Admiral Park, a colleague of Nelson's who substituted for him. Basehart returned for "Return of the Phantom," the final episode of the season.
The third season of Voyage to
Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. is an American film studio, production company and film distributor, a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation. What would become Columbia Pictures, CBC Film Sales Corporation, was founded on June 19, 1918 by Harry Cohn, his brother Jack Cohn, Joe Brandt, it went public two years later. In its early years, it was a minor player in Hollywood, but began to grow in the late 1920s, spurred by a successful association with director Frank Capra. With Capra and others, Columbia became one of the primary homes of the screwball comedy. In the 1930s, Columbia's major contract stars were Cary Grant. In the 1940s, Rita Hayworth became the studio's premier star and propelled their fortunes into the late 1950s. Rosalind Russell, Glenn Ford, William Holden became major stars at the studio, it is one of the leading film studios in the world and is a member of the "Big Five" major American film studios.
It was one of the so-called "Little Three" among the eight major film studios of Hollywood's Golden Age. Today, it has become the world's fifth largest major film studio; the studio was founded on June 19, 1918 as Cohn-Brandt-Cohn Film Sales by brothers Jack and Harry Cohn and Jack's best friend Joe Brandt, released its first feature film in August 1922. Brandt was president of CBC Film Sales, handling sales and distribution from New York along with Jack Cohn, while Harry Cohn ran production in Hollywood; the studio's early productions were low-budget short subjects: "Screen Snapshots", the "Hall Room Boys", the Chaplin imitator Billy West. The start-up CBC leased space in a Poverty Row studio on Hollywood's famously low-rent Gower Street. Among Hollywood's elite, the studio's small-time reputation led some to joke that "CBC" stood for "Corned Beef and Cabbage". Brandt tired of dealing with the Cohn brothers, in 1932 sold his one-third stake to Harry Cohn, who took over as president. In an effort to improve its image, the Cohn brothers renamed the company Columbia Pictures Corporation on January 10, 1924.
Cohn remained head of production as well. He would run one of the longest tenures of any studio chief. In an industry rife with nepotism, Columbia was notorious for having a number of Harry and Jack's relatives in high positions. Humorist Robert Benchley called it the Pine Tree Studio, "because it has so many Cohns". Columbia's product line consisted of moderately budgeted features and short subjects including comedies, sports films, various serials, cartoons. Columbia moved into the production of higher-budget fare joining the second tier of Hollywood studios along with United Artists and Universal. Like United Artists and Universal, Columbia was a horizontally integrated company, it controlled distribution. Helping Columbia's climb was the arrival of Frank Capra. Between 1927 and 1939, Capra pushed Cohn for better material and bigger budgets. A string of hits he directed in the early and mid 1930s solidified Columbia's status as a major studio. In particular, It Happened; until Columbia's existence had depended on theater owners willing to take its films, since as mentioned above it didn't have a theater network of its own.
Other Capra-directed hits followed, including the original version of Lost Horizon, with Ronald Colman, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, which made James Stewart a major star. In 1933, Columbia hired Robert Kalloch to be women's costume designer, he was the first contract costume designer hired by the studio, he established the studio's wardrobe department. Kalloch's employment, in turn, convinced leading actresses that Columbia Pictures intended to invest in their careers. In 1938, the addition of B. B. Kahane as Vice President would produce Charles Vidor's Those High Gray Walls, The Lady in Question, the first joint film of Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. Kahane would become the President of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1959, until his death a year later. Columbia could not afford to keep a huge roster of contract stars, so Cohn borrowed them from other studios. At Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the industry's most prestigious studio, Columbia was nicknamed "Siberia", as Louis B. Mayer would use the loan out to Columbia as a way to punish his less-obedient signings.
In the 1930s, Columbia signed Jean Arthur to a long-term contract, after The Whole Town's Talking, Arthur became a major comedy star. Ann Sothern's career was launched when Columbia signed her to a contract in 1936. Cary Grant signed a contract in 1937 and soon after it was altered to a non-exclusive contract shared with RKO. Many theaters relied on westerns to attract big weekend audiences, Columbia always recognized this market, its first cowboy star was Buck Jones, who signed with Columbia in 1930 for a fraction of his former big-studio salary. Over the next two decades Columbia released scores of outdoor adventures with Jones, Tim McCoy, Ken Maynard, Jack Luden, Bob Allen, Russell Hayden, Tex Ritter, Ken Curtis, Gene Autry. Columbia's most popular cowboy was Charles Starrett, who signed with Columbia in 193
13th Academy Awards
The 13th Academy Awards honored American film achievements in 1940. This was the first year that sealed envelopes were used to keep secret the names of the winners which led to the famous phrase: "May I have the envelope, please?" The accounting firm of Price Waterhouse was hired to count the ballots, after the fiasco of leaked voting results in 1939 by the Los Angeles Times. For the first time, the award for Best Screenplay was split into two separate categories: Best Original Screenplay and Best Screenplay. Independent producer David O. Selznick, who had produced the previous year's big winner Gone with the Wind produced the Best Picture winner in 1940, Rebecca – and campaigned for its win. Selznick was the first to produce two consecutive winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Although Rebecca had eleven nominations, it only won for Best Picture and Best Cinematography, marking the last time a film would win Best Picture but not win for either directing, acting, or writing; the film's distributor – United Artists – was the last of the original film studios to win the Best Picture Oscar.
Rebecca was the first American-made film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the only film from him to win Best Picture. Hitchcock had two films nominated for the other being Foreign Correspondent. Two other directors had two films in the running this year: Sam Wood and John Ford. Pinocchio was the first animated film to take home competitive Oscars, for both Best Original Score and Best Original Song, starting a long tradition of animated films winning in these categories; the Thief of Bagdad received the most Oscars of the evening, the first time a film not nominated for Best Picture won the most awards. Nominations announced on February 10, 1941. Winners are highlighted in boldface. Bob Hope "in recognition of his unselfish services to the Motion Picture Industry." Colonel Nathan Levinson "for his outstanding service to the industry and the Army during the past nine years, which has made possible the present efficient mobilization of the motion picture industry facilities for the production of Army Training Films."
For the first time, names of all winners remained secret until the moment they received their awards. Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a six-minute direct radio address to the attendees from the White House, it is the first time. 1940 in film
Lost in Space
Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series and produced by Irwin Allen, which aired between 1965 and 1968. The series is loosely based on the 1812 novel The Swiss Family Robinson, on a comic book published by Gold Key Comics titled Space Family Robinson; the series follows the adventures of the Robinsons, a pioneering family of space colonists who struggle to survive in the depths of space. The show ran for 83 episodes over three seasons, the first year of, filmed in black and white. On October 16, 1997, the United States is gearing up to colonize space; the Jupiter 2, a futuristic saucer-shaped spacecraft, stands on its launch pad undergoing final preparations. Its mission is to take a single family on a five-and-a-half-year journey to an Earthlike planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri; the Robinson family consisted of Professor John Robinson, his wife Maureen and their three children, Judy and Will. The family is accompanied by U. S. Space Corps Major Donald West, trained to land the ship.
The Robinsons and Major West are to be cryogenically frozen for the voyage, they are set to be unfrozen when the spacecraft approaches its destination. Meanwhile, Dr. Zachary Smith, Alpha Control's doctor, is revealed to be a saboteur on behalf of an unnamed nation. After disposing of a guard who catches him on board the spacecraft, Smith reprograms the Jupiter 2's B-9 environmental control robot to destroy critical systems on the spaceship eight hours after launch. Smith, becomes trapped aboard at launch and his extra weight throws the Jupiter 2 off course, causing it to encounter a storm of asteroids. This, plus the robot's rampage, causes the ship to prematurely engage its hyperdrive, causes the expedition to become hopelessly lost in the infinite depths of outer space. Smith's selfish actions and laziness endanger the expedition; the astronaut family of Dr. John Robinson, accompanied by a pilot and a robot, set out in the year 1997 from an overpopulated Earth in the spaceship Jupiter 2 to travel to a planet circling the star Alpha Centauri.
The Jupiter 2 mission is sabotaged by Dr. Zachary Smith – an agent for an unnamed foreign government – who slips aboard the spaceship and reprograms the robot to destroy the ship and crew. However, Smith is trapped aboard, his excess weight alters the craft's flight path and places it directly in the path of a massive meteor storm. Smith manages to save himself by prematurely reviving the crew from suspended animation; the ship survives, but the damage caused by Smith's earlier sabotage of the robot leaves the crew lost in space. The Jupiter 2 crash-lands on an alien world identified by Will as Priplanus, where they spend the rest of the season and survive a host of adventures. Smith remains with the crew and acts as a source of comedic cowardice and villainy, exploiting the eternally forgiving nature of Professor Robinson. At the start of the second season the repaired Jupiter 2 launches into space once more, to escape the destruction of Priplanus following a series of cataclysmic earthquakes.
The Robinsons crash-land on a strange new world. In the third season, a format change was introduced. In this season, the Jupiter 2 travels in space, visiting a new world in each episode, as the family attempts to return to Earth or to reach their original destination in the Alpha Centauri system. A newly built "Space Pod", provided a means of transportation between the ship and passing planets, allows for various escapades; this season has a different set of opening credits and a new theme tune, composed by John Williams as part of the show's new direction. Dr. John Robinson - The expedition commander and the father of the Robinson children. Robinson is an astrophysicist who specializes in applied planetary geology. Dr. Maureen Robinson - A biochemist, seen preparing meals, tending the garden, helping with light construction while adding a voice of compassion. Major Don West - The pilot of the Jupiter 2. Judy Robinson - The oldest child of the Robinsons. Penny Robinson - The middle child. An imaginative 11-year-old who loves animals and classical music.
Early in the series, she acquires a chimpanzee-like alien pet, referred to as the "bloop." Will Robinson - The youngest child. A precocious 9-year-old in the first season, he is a child prodigy in electronics and computer technology. Dr. Zachary Smith - Acting as Alpha Control's flight surgeon in the first episode, he is referred to as a "Doctor of Intergalactic Environmental Psychology", an expert in cybernetics, an enemy agent, his attempt to sabotage the mission strands him aboard the Jupiter 2. The Robot - The Robot is a B-9 model environmental control robot who has no given name; the machine was endowed with futuristic weaponry. It displays human characteristics, such as laughter and mockery; the Robot was designed by Robert Kinoshita. During its three-season run, a number of actors made guest appearances. Among those are: Kevin Hagen, Alan Hewitt, Sherry Jackson, Werner Klemperer, Warren Oates, Don Matheson, Kurt Russell, Wally Cox, Grant Sullivan, Norman Leavitt, Tommy Farrell, Mercedes McCambridge, Lyle Waggoner, Albert Salmi, Royal Dano, Strother Martin, Michael J. Pollard, Byron Morrow, Arte Johnson, Fritz Feld, John Carradine, Al Lewis, Hans Conried, Dennis Patrick, Michael Rennie, Daniel J. Travanti
Fair Wind to Java
Fair Wind to Java is a 1953 American adventure film in Trucolor from Republic Pictures and directed by Joseph Kane, that stars Fred MacMurray and Vera Ralston. With special effects by the Lydecker brothers, the film was based on the 1948 novel of the same name by Garland Roark; the film tells the story of an American sea captain who voyages in search of diamonds on a volcanic island and must contend with various mysteries, an exploding volcano. In 1883, the Boston, company that owns the full-rigged sailing ship Gerrymander gives the ship's captain, Captain Boll, six months to show a profit for the company in the Gerrymander's operations in the Netherlands East Indies. Facing both pirates and a trade exclusion policy that prevents him from carrying goods between ports in the islands, Boll looks for a way for the Gerrymander to make money. On Java, Boll encounters an Indonesian in Soerabaja; the Indonesian tells Boll that native divers salvaged a fortune in diamonds from the sunken ship Pieterzoon, contrary to legend which says the diamonds were lost.
The Indonesian directs Boll to a Chinese junk captain who has cargo that will lead Boll to the diamonds. Upon contacting the junk captain, Boll discovers that the "cargo" is a woman named Kim Kim who knows the whereabouts of the diamonds. Kim Kim had been a dancer at the palace of the sultan. Boll violates anti-slavery laws by buying her from the junk captain and smuggles her aboard the Gerrymander. Flint, the Gerrymander's first mate, discovers Kim Kim aboard the ship and finds out that Boll had purchased her. Posing as the naturalized Dutch citizen "Saint" Ebenezer, the pirate Pulo Besar becomes aware that Kim Kim is aboard the Gerrymander, he tips off the authorities. They search the Gerrymander but do not find Kim Kim, hiding in a half-filled vat of water. However, the Gerrymander's crew discovers her. Boll insists that they treat her well, but first he has to fight one of his sailors, Reeder, in order to protect her. Boll questions Kim Kim about the diamonds. At first, this angers her, but when he confides in her, telling her that he is impoverished but dreams of one day owning his own ship, she has a change of heart and decides to help him.
She tells him that the diamonds are on what she calls the island of the fire god, which she visited as a child. Meanwhile, Flint incites the Gerrymander's crew against Boll by claiming that Kim Kim's presence aboard the ship has made Boll mentally unbalanced, he leads a mutiny against Boll; when the mutinous crew confronts Boll, Boll offers the crew Flint's half of the fortune if they leave him in command of the Gerrymander. They agree, the mutiny comes to an end. Flint is imprisoned; the Gerrymander sails on in search of Vishnu's island. Boll and Kim Kim become romantically attracted to one another, but Kim Kim harbors a fear that Vishnu will become angry if Boll attempts to recover the diamonds from the island. Meanwhile and his pirates attack and seize control of the Gerrymander; the pirates take the Gerrymander and her crew to Besar's headquarters, on an island where he maintains an exquisite palace with servants and dancing girls. Besar has Boll imprisoned separately from his crew. In an attempt to get her to reveal the location of the diamonds, the pirates whip Kim Kim and show her that her mother, Bintang, is a prisoner of Besar's and has been broken by torture and imprisonment.
Loyal to Boll, Kim Kim refuses to tell them anything about the diamonds. Giving up on torturing Kim Kim, Besar instead threatens to kill Boll unless she helps him find the diamonds, she agrees. Flint and two other sailors from the Gerrymander offer to cooperate with Besar in finding the diamonds. Besar, his pirates, Kim Kim and the two other sailors from the Gerrymander set sail for Vishnu's island in Besar's pirate ship. Meanwhile, the crewmen of the Gerrymander set Boll free, they take back control of the Gerrymander from the pirates and set out in the Gerrymander in pursuit of Besar. To keep Besar from losing them during a moonless night and two of his men ride ahead of the Gerrymander in a longboat and send signals back to the Gerrymander to allow her to remain on Besar's tail. While they are doing this, one of the Gerrymander's sailors aboard Besar's ship, sneaks off the ship and swims to Boll after overhearing where Besar is heading. Wilson's information allows his crew to identify Vishnu's island as Krakatoa.
Besar's ship and the Gerrymander both approach Krakatoa the following morning and find the island's volcano erupting. Despite their fear of the volcano, both the Gerrymander's men and Besar's pirates go ashore and climb the mountain, with each party racing the other to be the first get to a temple at the mouth of the volcano where the diamonds have been hidden. During the climb, Boll spots Kim Kim on the shore below; as the eruption becomes more powerful and lava begins to flow down the mountainside and the crew of the Gerrymander decide that the situation has become too dangerous for them to continue their climb to the diamonds. Besar and his men soon give up on finding the diamonds and put to sea in their own ship to flee the volcano. Boll expects the eruption to generate a huge tsunami, so he orders his crew to set the sea anchor and turns the Gerrymander toward Krakatoa to ride out the wave, which she does. Besar instead makes the mistake of trying to outrun t
Havana is the capital city, largest city, major port, leading commercial center of Cuba. The city has a population of 2.1 million inhabitants, it spans a total of 781.58 km2 – making it the largest city by area, the most populous city, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean region. The city of Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest of the Americas, becoming a stopping point for treasure-laden Spanish galleons returning to Spain; the King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City in 1592. Walls as well as forts were built to protect the old city; the sinking of the U. S. battleship Maine in Havana's harbor in 1898 was the immediate cause of the Spanish–American War. The city is the center of the Cuban government, home to various ministries, headquarters of businesses and over 90 diplomatic offices; the current mayor is Marta Hernández of the Communist Party of Cuba. In 2009, the city/province had the third highest income in the country.
Contemporary Havana can be described as three cities in one: Old Havana and the newer suburban districts. The city extends westward and southward from the bay, entered through a narrow inlet and which divides into three main harbors: Mari melena and Antares; the sluggish Almendares River traverses the city from south to north, entering the Straits of Florida a few miles west of the bay. The city attracts over a million tourists annually. Old Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982; the city is noted for its history, culture and monuments. As typical of Cuba, Havana experiences a tropical climate. Most native settlements became the site of Spanish colonial cities retaining their original Taíno names. Conquistador Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar founded Havana on August 25, 1515, on the southern coast of the island, near the present town of Surgidero de Batabanó, or more on the banks of the Mayabeque River close to Playa Mayabeque. All attempts to found. However, an early map of Cuba drawn in 1514 places the town at the mouth of this river.
Between 1514 and 1519 the Spanish established at least two different settlements on the north coast, one of them in La Chorrera, today in the neighborhoods of Vedado and Miramar, next to the Almendares River. The town that became Havana originated adjacent to what was called Puerto de Carenas, in 1519; the quality of this natural bay, which now hosts Havana's harbor, warranted this change of location. Pánfilo de Narváez gave Havana – the sixth town founded by the Spanish on Cuba – its name: San Cristóbal de la Habana; the name combines patron saint of Havana. Shortly after the founding of Cuba's first cities, the island served as little more than a base for the Conquista of other lands. Havana began as a trading port, suffered regular attacks by buccaneers and French corsairs; the first attack and resultant burning of the city was by the French corsair Jacques de Sores in 1555. Such attacks convinced the Spanish Crown to fund the construction of the first fortresses in the main cities – not only to counteract the pirates and corsairs, but to exert more control over commerce with the West Indies, to limit the extensive contrabando that had arisen due to the trade restrictions imposed by the Casa de Contratación of Seville.
Ships from all over the New World carried products first to Havana, in order to be taken by the fleet to Spain. The thousands of ships gathered in the city's bay fueled Havana's agriculture and manufacture, since they had to be supplied with food and other products needed to traverse the ocean. On December 20, 1592, King Philip II of Spain granted Havana the title of City. On, the city would be designated as "Key to the New World and Rampart of the West Indies" by the Spanish Crown. In the meantime, efforts to build or improve the defensive infrastructures of the city continued. Havana expanded in the 17th century. New buildings were constructed from the most abundant materials of the island wood, combining various Iberian architectural styles, as well as borrowing profusely from Canarian characteristics. In 1649, an epidemic of the fatal Yellow fever brought from Cartagena in Colombia affected a third of the European population of Havana. By the middle of the 18th century Havana had more than seventy thousand inhabitants, was the third-largest city in the Americas, ranking behind Lima and Mexico City but ahead of Boston and New York.
During the 18th century Havana was the most important of the Spanish ports because it had facilities where ships could be refitted and, by 1740, it had become Spain's largest and most active shipyard and only drydock in the New World. The city was captured by the British during the Seven Years' War; the episode began on June 6, 1762, when at dawn, a British fleet, comprising more than 50 ships and a combined force of over 11,000 men of the Royal Navy and Army, sailed into Cuban waters and made an amphibious landing east of Havana. The British opened up trade with their North American and Caribbean colonies, causing a rapid transformation of Cuban society. Less than a year after Havana was seized, the Peace of Paris was signed by the three warring powers thus ending the Seven Years' War; the treaty gave
Flame of Barbary Coast
Flame of Barbary Coast is a 1945 American Western starring John Wayne, Ann Dvorak, Joseph Schildkraut, William Frawley, Virginia Grey. The movie was directed by Joseph Kane. Naive Montana cowboy Duke Fergus visits the notorious Barbary Coast, he becomes smitten with the lovely star attraction of the fanciest gambling hall, "Flaxen" Tarry, the "Flame of the Barbary Coast". He gets talked into gambling against the owner, card sharp Tito Morell. Predictably, Fergus loses all his money, he decides the best way to do it is to take over. He gets his friend Wolf Wylie to teach him everything about gambling, including how to spot cheating; when he's ready, he sells all he owns and returns to the city to challenge Morell's rule of the Barbary Coast. He goes from casino to casino, challenging each one's resident poker champion to a heads-up game, starting with Morell. Duke wins every time. Fergus builds an opulent new gambling establishment, catering to the upper class. To make it a success, he needs to persuade Flaxen to come work for him, but she is not interested.
Only when Morell offends her does she decide to accept Fergus's offer. And the fireworks begin. Morell does not take the challenge lying down. In the midst of it all, the Great Earthquake of 1906 strikes, both Fergus' and Morell's businesses are destroyed, Flaxen grievously injured, they recover. Throw in a political battle, someone gets the girl. John Wayne as Duke Fergus Ann Dvorak as Ann "Flaxen" Tarry Joseph Schildkraut as Boss Tito Morell William Frawley as Wolf Wylie Virginia Grey as Rita Dane Russell Hicks as Cyrus Danver and owner of the San Francisco Star newspaper Jack Norton as Byline Conners, reporter for the San Francisco Star Paul Fix as Calico Jim Manart Kippen as Dr. Gorman Eve Lynne as Martha, Morell's secretary Marc Lawrence as Joe Disko, a card sharp who tries to cheat Duke Butterfly McQueen as Beulah, Flaxen's maid Rex Lease as Collingswood, a headwaiter Hank Bell as Hank, cabby Al Murphy as Horseshoe Brown The film was announced in May 1944, it was one of eight "super de luxe" productions from Republic Pictures for 1944-45, the others being Lake Placid Serenade, Storm Over the Philippines, Hit Parade, A Fabulous Texan, Earl Carroll's Vanities, Let the Hurricane Roar.
Ann Dvorak, who had made her last three films in England, signed a long term contract with Republic and was assigned the female lead. Eve Lynn, a magazine cover model who had never acted before, was cast in the second lead; the film was nominated for two Academy Awards. List of American films of 1945 John Wayne filmography Flame of Barbary Coast on IMDb Flame of Barbary Coast at the TCM Movie Database Flame of Barbary Coast at AllMovie Flame of Barbary Coast at the American Film Institute Catalog Review of film at New York Times Review of film at Variety