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John Wayne is not the title character of John Wayne that honor goes to second-billed Ann Dvorak. Wayne plays a Montana cattleman who is lured into a San Francisco gambling joint by dance-hall girl Dvorak. Though Ann at first brings Wayne luck, he ends up losing his shirt to cardshark Joseph Schildkraut. Chastened by the experience, Wayne leaves Frisco with his tail between his legs, returning only after he himself has become a gambling expert. Thanks to his new-found expertise, Wayne is able to rake in enough bucks to open his own saloon, bringing Dvorak along for the ride as star of the floor show. Numerous intrigues ensue, culminating in a drawn-out trial scene. As the judge is about to reach a decision, the San Francisco Earthquake strikes (mostly off-screen, drat the luck). When Dvorak is injured in the disaster, Wayne is forced to realign his values. The Duke and The Dvorak decide to bid adieu to the City by the Bay, heading off to Montana to start life anew. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morton Scott Best Score - Drama or Comedy 1945 Nominee


John Wayne
as Duke Fergus
Ann Dvorak
as Flaxen Tarry
Joseph Schildkraut
as Tito Morell
William Frawley
as Wolf Wylie
Virginia Grey
as Rita Dane
Russell Hicks
as Cyrus Danver
Jack Norton
as Byline Conners
Paul Fix
as Calico Jim
Eve Lynne
as Martha
Marc Lawrence
as Joe Disko
Butterfly McQueen
as Beulah
Rex Lease
as Collingswood, headwaiter
Hank Bell
as Hank, cabby
Al Murphy
as Horseshoe Brown
Adele Mara
as Marie
Emmett Vogan
as Rita's Agent
Adele Mara
as Marie


Joseph Kane
Joseph Kane
Borden Chase
Robert de Grasse
Morton Scott
Composer (Music Score)
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
Theodore Lydecker
Special Effects

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