The Spoilers – Starring Marlene Dietrich, John Wayne & Randolph Scott
Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 29 November 2011
The Spoilers (1942)(DVD) Directed by Ray Enright, starring Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel (1930), The Devil is a Woman (1935), Destry Rides Again (1939), Stage Fright (1950), Touch of Evil (1958)), Randolph Scott (Santa Fe (1951), Ride the High Country (1962)), John Wayne (Stagecoach (1939), Red River (1948), Fort Apache (1948), She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), Rio Grande (1950) and many other films) and others. A great and classic Alaska gold-rush ”Western”, The Spoilers, about miners, claim-jumpers and con-men, features, amidst mud and abundant and scintillating sexual innuendo, probably one of the greatest fist-fights ever filmed: a truly epic battle between John Wayne’s white-hat wearing Glenisster and Randolph Scott’s over-confident con-man, McNamara. Marlene Dietrich, riding the success of her portrayal in Destry Rides Again (make a note that Wayne’s mining partner is also called Destry), is hot, bothered and loyal in love as she wears a succession of amazing gowns. Randolph Scott, too, is hot and bothered, and overconfidently villainous as a conning gold commissioner. Not to be outdone, John Wayne is hot and bothered as well, making for quite a love triangle, and is arrogant and surprisingly stylish (in fact the entire cast is rather snappily costumed). The Spoilers is wonderfully entertaining, with good sets, sharp dialogue and some great acting, not to mention some very dramatic action. (PR)
If you enjoy classic westerns, see our post on the film High Noon, one of the all-time greats, starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly, and our post on the film The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, with John Wayne and James Stewart.
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