The Spoilers

  • U
  • Jesse Hibbs (1955)
  • US
  • 83 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

This fifth film version of Rex Beach's novel about claim jumping during the Alaskan gold rush was the first to use colour, but the new generation of stars - Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun - hardly match up to such illustrious predecessors as Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott and John Wayne. The earlier films were notable for the climactic fist-fights between hero and villain, and here Chandler and Calhoun (and their stunt doubles) make a determined effort to emulate the action as they slug it out from the floor above the saloon, down the stairs and out into the muddy main street. But the story seems terminally tired and the picture is never more than mildly engrossing.

Plot Summary

Western starring Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. An Alaskan gold rush town is the setting for the fiery relationship between wealthy saloon proprietor Cherry Malotte, mine owner Roy Glennister and unscrupulous gold commissioner Alex McNamara.

Cast and crew

Cast

Cherry Malotte
Anne Baxter
Roy Glennister
Jeff Chandler
Alex McNamara
Rory Calhoun
"Bronco" Blackie
Ray Danton
Helen Chester
Barbara Britton
Dextry
John McIntire
Judge Stillman
Carl Benton Reid
Flapjack Simms
Wallace Ford

Crew

Director
Jesse Hibbs

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
J.A.R.F.D. Ltd
Categories
Drama

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