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The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937)

A California mining camp is plagued by a series of murders. Four people come under suspicion for the killings and are run out of the camp. During a blizzard they take refuge in an isolated ... See full summary »

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Christy Cabanne

Writers:

Bret Harte (based on short story "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "The Luck of Roaring Camp"), John Twist (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ... John Oakhurst
Jean Muir ... Miss Helen Colby
Van Heflin ... Reverend Samuel Woods
Virginia Weidler ... 'Luck'
Margaret Irving ... The Duchess
Frank M. Thomas ... Mr. Redford
Si Jenks ... Kentuck
Dick Elliott ... Stumpy Carter
Al St. John ... Uncle Billy
Bradley Page ... Sonoma
Richard Lane ... 'High-Grade'
Monte Blue ... Indian Jim
Billy Gilbert ... Charley - the Bartender
Dudley Clements Dudley Clements ... Wilkes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Pepper ... Blonde Saloon Floozie
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Storyline

A California mining camp is plagued by a series of murders. Four people come under suspicion for the killings and are run out of the camp. During a blizzard they take refuge in an isolated cabin, and conflicts begin to break out among them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Bret Harte's "Sinners" Live Again in stirring drama. (original print ad) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bret Harte's Outcasts of Poker Flat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both stories "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" and "The Luck of Roaring Camp" were the basis for the screenplay. See more »

Connections

Version of The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1919) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh! Susanna
(1848) (uncredited)
Music by Stephen Foster
Played offscreen on piano in a saloon
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Weak Morality Tale
10 September 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Preston Foster plays a saloon owner who takes in a child after she is born. Unfortunately, her mother died in childbirth. He uses her because he sees her as a source of good luck. But she begins to turn hard. Poker Flat is one of those Western towns that has lost its soul. Bad guys run free and Foster's saloon is their watering hole and a source of gambling. Soon a minister and a teacher show up and the little girl is plucked from her safe haven and put in a school. In the sappy movie world of the thirties, Foster falls for the school teacher and the minister tries to settle things down. Sadly, for Foster, he incurs the wrath of the people. The conclusion is right out of the single minded moralist's handbook. This has an outstanding cast, but the story is quite simplistic, even though it is based on a Brett Harte story.


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