The Spoilers (1942)
Director: Ray Enright
Screenplay by: Lawrence Hazard, Tom Reed based on The Spoilers novel by Rex Beach
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Randolph Scott, John Wayne, Margaret Lindsay and Harry Carey
Tagline: BOLD WOMEN! BRAWNY MEN! Living…loving in the Hot-spot of the Frozen North!
The Overview: Beware of spoilers…
Roy Glennister (Wayne) and his partner, Al Dextry (Carey) are goldminers in a partnership with saloon owner, Cherry Malotte (Dietrich). The trio’s goldmine has a rich vein and they found it. Things are looking good until the new gold commissioner, Alex McNamara (Scott) arrives. McNamara is claim-jumping mines that are paying off! He’s doing it “legally” with the backing of a crooked judge that he secretly has in his pocket. In addition, to Glennister’s mine, McNamara has his eyes on Glennister’s woman, Cherry Malotte! The tension mounts as it becomes obvious there is only one way this will end…
I was surprised at the innuendo in dialogue and actions of Dietrich, Wayne and Scott. There is a whole other level to this film that you usually don’t see in westerns of the 1940s. Wayne’s character is a player! I loved Randolph Scott as the bad guy! There is chemistry between the Dietrich, Wayne and Scott that adds to the believability of the film. The climatic fight between Wayne and Scott lives up to it’s reputation. The Spoilers is a fun ride and rates 4 of 5 stars.