The Spoilers

  • 1930
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

The first sound version of the Rex Beach novel which was twice filmed silently--in 1914, with Tom Santschi, William Farnum, and Kathlyn Williams, and in 1923 with Milton Sills, Noah Beery, and Anna Q. Nilsson. This time the story was brought to the screen as a vehicle for Cooper, who was hot off the success of THE VIRGINIAN (1929). The setting is once again...read more

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The first sound version of the Rex Beach novel which was twice filmed silently--in 1914, with Tom Santschi, William Farnum, and Kathlyn Williams, and in 1923 with Milton Sills, Noah Beery, and Anna Q. Nilsson. This time the story was brought to the screen as a vehicle for Cooper, who was

hot off the success of THE VIRGINIAN (1929). The setting is once again an Alaskan boom town, and Cooper is defending his Midas gold mine against the scheming ways of Boyd, who is determined to make the town his own. With assistance from a crooked judge, Ingraham, and a seemingly innocent niece,

Johnson, Boyd manages to take control of Cooper's mine and put a freeze on his money. With the help of Compson, a gutsy card dealer who is the object of Boyd's unrequited love, Cooper regains control of the mine and organizes a rebellion of fellow miners who have grown tired of Boyd's despoiling

ways. Cooper is then given his chance to beat some sense into Boyd. In what has become the highlight of all five screen adaptations of the novel, Cooper and Boyd engage in a furious fistfight which splinters and smashes nearly everthing that isn't nailed down in the local saloon. In the end,

Cooper triumphs and wins the affections of Compson. While this version provides an ample amount of excitement and a pair of fine performances from Cooper and Boyd, it lacks the electricity of the 1942 version. Another weak point here is the lack of a solid female character--a weakness which was

easily overcome by Marlene Dietrich's sensational role in the 1942 film. The stars of the 1914 original, Santschi and Farnum, made a comeback of sorts in this version, working as technical advisors on the climactic fight scene.

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