USA Today - 06/01/2004
"John Wayne dukes it out with Randolph Scott in the genre's most folkloric fight scene."
Two Yukon adventurers duke it out over a gold claim and a beautiful saloon girl in this remake of the classic Rex Beach novel about life in an Alaskan mining town during the gold rush of early 1900. John Wayne plays miner Roy Glennister, co-owner of a gold mine financed by saloon owner Cherry Malotte (a sultry, double entendre-spouting Marlene Dietrich). When crooked gold commissioner Alexander McNamara (Randolph Scott) conspires to steal Glennister's claim--along with the affections of Cherry--it's a no-holds-barred showdown between the two rivals in one of the best saloon brawls in cinema history.
During the gold rush of '98 miner Roy Glennister strikes it rich in the wilds of Alaska. When a corrupt gold commissioner and his buddies try to confiscate Glennister's claim in court, the miner and his partner decide to fight back. With sassy female saloon keeper Cherry Malotte on their side, it's a raucous and delightfully bawdy battle.
A Charles K. Feldman group production.
Additional cast members: Drew Demarest (Galloway); Robert W. Service (The Poet)
There have been at least five film versions of Rex Beach's novel "The Spoilers". The first, made in 1913, starred Tom Santschi, William Farnum and Katherine Williams. It was remade a decade later with Milton Sills, Noah Berry and Anna Q. Nilson. The 1930 version starred Gary Cooper, William Boyd and Betty Compson. Another version starring Anne Baxter, Jesse Hibbs and Jeff Chandler was made in 1955.
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