The Spoilers (1942)

RAY ENRIGHT

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1942.  , .  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Average adaptation of Rex Beach’s novel (one of five filmed versions, though you’ll be hard-pressed to find any of the other ones) features John Wayne as a man who strikes gold in a turn-of-the-century mining town in the Old West, only to have to protect it from evil dudes who plan on stealing it. What the bad guys don’t realize is, he’s got saloon-gal Marlene Dietrich on his side. Rich characters, but it’s not all that memorable.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Art Direction-BW

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