Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

Passed   |    |  Comedy, Western

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Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complications.



  • Wallace Beery and Binnie Barnes in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
  • Wallace Beery and John Carradine in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
  • Wallace Beery and Binnie Barnes in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
  • Wallace Beery and Bruce Kellogg in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
  • Wallace Beery and Ray Collins in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)
  • Wallace Beery and Frances Rafferty in Barbary Coast Gent (1944)

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2 October 2014 | ksf-2
| W. Beery in an mgm western...
At the start of Barbary Coast Gent, "Lil" (Binnie Barnes) and "Plush Brannon" (Wallace Beery) are in San Francisco. Wallace, one of the larger than life Beery Brothers, had already won an Oscar for the Champ. Brother Noah is in this one too. Brannon gets kicked out of San Francisco for his shady activities, and moves on. On the train out of town, he teams up with Bradford Bellamy, owner of the train line (the classic character actor Donald Meek), and uses that friendship to his own advantage. It's ironic that Brannon's nickname is "Honest Plush Brannon" - he's always up to no good, which is why he's getting kicked out of town. And when he ends up in Goldtown, he uses that friendship with Mr. Bellamy to start more shenanigans. Brannon gets another film flam going, and he gets in deep. Watch for Ray Collins and Chill Wills. Chill Wills is the town sheriff, and there's also a sub plot with Bellamy's son and Miss Portia. Pretty entertaining western. The LOCATION tab here says this was shot at the Lone Pine hills, and we DO get to see some of the beautiful scenery there. Directed by Roy DelRuth, who had started in the silents. He directed some biggies in the 1930s and 1940s. They are all worth checking out on Turner Classics.

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