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The Spoilers

1 rating: 3.0
Action & Adventure, Classics, and Westerns movie directed by Ray Enright

A CHEATED PROSPECTOR AND A CROOKED GOLD OFFICIAL HAVE AN EPIC BRAWL OVER A YUKON SALOON QUEEN.

Director: Ray Enright
Genre: Classics, Action, Western, Adventure
1 review about The Spoilers

Marlene Dietrich...once again torn between John Wayne and Randolph Scott

  • Aug 13, 2007
Rating:
+3
In THE SPOILERS, we can once again enjoy the unusual star combination of Dietrich, Scott and Wayne in a rollicking adventure set against an Alaskan boom-town circa the 1890's. "The Spoilers" by Rex Beach had already been adapted for the screen several times, but this is the version most people are familiar with.

The town of Nome is at the height of the gold-rush, and saloon owner Cherry Malotte (Marlene Dietrich) becomes the object of desire in a vendetta between cheated miner Roy Glennister (John Wayne) and local kingpin Alexander McNamara (Randolph Scott).

Universal first combined Dietrich, Scott and Wayne in "Pittsburgh" (also released in 1942); their unusual screen chemistry plays out to maximum effect in THE SPOILERS, yet both movies are quite similar with their period settings and fiery love-duels for Dietrich's affection.

Marlene Dietrich gets to really cut loose with her character of Cherry Malotte, costumed in some outrageous Vera West creations. Adding some fun comedy is her wisecracking maid Idabelle (Marietta Canty). Margaret Lindsay is the stereotypical "good girl"--but with a twist.

Many reviewers have already talked about the climactic brawl between Wayne and Scott, so I won't step on anybody's toes. That said, it is a brilliantly-executed sequence, you can't even tell where the actors leave off and the stunt doubles take over.

Settle back with some hard-boiled eggs and enjoy this classic adventure romp! (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).

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