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The Spoilers
The Spoilers
Actors: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay, Harry Carey
Director: Ray Enright
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
NR     2004     1hr 27min



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Actors: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay, Harry Carey
Director: Ray Enright
Creators: Milton R. Krasner, Charles K. Feldman, Frank Lloyd, Lee S. Marcus, Lawrence Hazard, Rex Beach, Tom Reed
Genres: Action & Adventure, Westerns
Sub-Genres: John Wayne, Westerns
Studio: Universal Studios
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Original Release Date: 05/08/1942
Theatrical Release Date: 05/08/1942
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 27min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Wayne and Scott Brawl Highlights Classic!
Benjamin J Burgraff | Las Vegas | 11/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"'The Spoilers' may be the most often-filmed western, ever, yet it has been largely forgotten by today's moviegoers, which is a shame! This is a riproaring adventure yarn with claimjumpers, a sexy romantic triangle, loads of humor, and, to cap things off, the most spectacular fistfight in screen history!The second of three Marlene Dietrich/John Wayne teamings (and Duke is third-billed, behind Dietrich and Randolph Scott!), the plot is simple; evil government 'agents' arrive in Alaska, steal goldminers' claims, until the miners finally take matters into their own hands! The climactic fistfight, between Wayne and Randolph Scott, is the stuff of legends! You can hold up 'The Quiet Man', or 'Hard Times', or 'Any Which Way But Loose' as having epic brawls, but this one tops them all! We're talking shirts ripped to shreds, broken furniture and windows, rolling under horses and through the mud mayhem, here! If this were pro football, both Scott and Wayne would make the All-Madden Team, for sure!This film may never make a 'Classic Westerns' list (other than mine!), but it is a VERY enjoyable tale that shouldn't be forgotten! If you love a good Western, particularly if you're a John Wayne fan, 'The Spoilers' is a MUST!"
"Let's Do It The Hard Way !"
peterfromkanata | Kanata, Ontario Canada | 07/19/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Spoilers" is an excellent western, released in 1942, that just misses being a classic. I suppose with the setting in Nome, Alaska, it should be called a "northern" ! The film boasts a potent starring trio of John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich and Randolph Scott, and has remained famous over the years for its climactic, no-holds-barred fistfight between those two icons of western cinema, Wayne and Scott.Clocking in at just under an hour and a half, "The Spoilers" does not have a complcated plot. The gold rush is on, but ruthless government agents, led by a swaggering crook named McNamara ( an atypically villainous Randolph Scott ), are trying to chisel miners out of their property. Cherry Malotte, the local casino operator ( smouldering Marlene Dietrich ) may seem like a tough woman on the outside, but she has supported a number of the miners and is pleased when her old flame, Glennister ( formidable John Wayne ), is back in town. Cherry's relationship with Glennister is about as calm and centred as that of two Siamese fighting fish ! At the same time, McNamara's pursuit of Cherry is only slightly less energetic than his efforts to steal gold mines, so when the showdown comes, the "Duke" has a lot at stake. In addition to the three stars, there are many supporting performances of note, with faces familiar to fans of old "A" and "B" westerns--Harry Carey, George Cleveland, Russell Simpson, William Farnum, Ray Bennett and Forrest Taylor to name a few. The movie is directed with a lot of energy by Ray Enright. The sets are impressive--check those streets--thick mud--I suspect that Nome around 1900 was like this--plenty of booze, mud, fortunes won and lost, and a busy undertaker !The DVD exhibits a black and white picture with reasonable quality. When a movie is 62 years old, I tend to be less critical about technical matters than some reviewers. There are no extras whatsoever. Surely there are some noted film critics out there who could have provided some interesting background comments ? Hey--Leonard Maltin--hey Roger Ebert--how about a little help here ?"The Spoilers", even with the legendary fisticuffs, is not--for me, at least--in the top echelon of classic westerns. At the same time, Wayne, Dietrich and Scott are so watchable that this disc still deserves a place in the collection of any serious fan."
Nothing to get Spoiled Over In This Great Looking DVD!
Nix Pix | Windsor, Ontario, Canada | 03/05/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Spoilers" is an unabashed adventure flick brimming with romance, humor and spectacular action. The plot, such as it is, is simple but compelling. When government agents arrive in Alaska and 'steal' a gold miner's claim, the miners decide to retaliate. John Wayne is a miner who's claim has been stolen by the local magestrate, played by Randolph Scott. Both Scott and John Wayne cut dashing figures of masculinity across the stark but beautiful Alaskan backdrops. Marlene Dietrich - as the lusty, husky-voiced madam, is at her most provocative, sensual best. The climactic fistfight, between Wayne and Scott is defiantly brutal to say the least.TRANSFER: Exemplary. The B&W picture can be nicely balanced. Blacks are sometimes unstable. There's a limited amount of film grain and age related artifacts that enhances the performances. Digital anomalies are generally not an issue, though some edge enhancement is present. The audio is mono but nicely cleaned up.EXTRAS: Forget it! Universal generally doesn't think much of its classic film library and this disc is no exception.BOTTOM LINE: "The Spoilers" is recommended as a near reference quality DVD."
Marlene Dietrich...once again torn between John Wayne and Ra
Byron Kolln | the corner where Broadway meets Hollywood | 08/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"In THE SPOILERS, we can once again enjoy the unusual star combination of Dietrich, Scott and Wayne in a rollicking adventure set against an Alaskan boom-town circa the 1890's. "The Spoilers" by Rex Beach had already been adapted for the screen several times, but this is the version most people are familiar with.

The town of Nome is at the height of the gold-rush, and saloon owner Cherry Malotte (Marlene Dietrich) becomes the object of desire in a vendetta between cheated miner Roy Glennister (John Wayne) and local kingpin Alexander McNamara (Randolph Scott).

Universal first combined Dietrich, Scott and Wayne in "Pittsburgh" (also released in 1942); their unusual screen chemistry plays out to maximum effect in THE SPOILERS, yet both movies are quite similar with their period settings and fiery love-duels for Dietrich's affection.

Marlene Dietrich gets to really cut loose with her character of Cherry Malotte, costumed in some outrageous Vera West creations. Adding some fun comedy is her wisecracking maid Idabelle (Marietta Canty). Margaret Lindsay is the stereotypical "good girl"--but with a twist.

Many reviewers have already talked about the climactic brawl between Wayne and Scott, so I won't step on anybody's toes. That said, it is a brilliantly-executed sequence, you can't even tell where the actors leave off and the stunt doubles take over.

Settle back with some hard-boiled eggs and enjoy this classic adventure romp! (Single-sided, dual-layer disc)."