“Flame of Barbary Coast” on Blu-Ray
Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 171
If I am not mistaken, this week’s release of Flame of Barbary Coast marks the first Ann Dvorak title out on blu-ray. I am not familiar with Olive Films who is the distributor so I have not yet taken the $22 plunge, but they are offering a $16 DVD option. Anyone familiar with them? A number of years ago, I had the pleasure of viewing a restored 35mm print of Flame in a screening room on the Paramount lot. It was struck off the original negative and looked magnificent. I am hoping this is the copy that was used for the Olive Films release.
Flame of Barbary Coast is not the most notable John Wayne film, but – it is a John Wayne film, which means it’s one of the more notable Ann Dvorak titles. It was the first film she made after returning from British war duties and it’s actually one of the higher budget movies of her career. It quite possibly contains the most elaborate costumes she ever wore onscreen and her hair was certainly never that big again. While she sang here and there in some of her Warner Bros films, Flame gave her the opportunity to carry multiple musical numbers and it was a role she enjoyed.
No, it’s not my favorite Ann movie, but I think I may have just talked (or blogged) myself into ordering that blu-ray!