“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!


  1. JVH June 20, 2013

    I have several DVDs from Olive Films and they’re all excellent quality. They seem to specialize in lesser-known films that have fallen through the cracks.

  2. admin June 20, 2013

    Great to hear that! I’ll have to start checking their site regularly. Thanks!

  3. Gary Morris June 20, 2013

    Olive is a good brand, Christina; it’s just as JVH says. So excited to see the book!!

  4. admin June 20, 2013

    Thanks Gary! I appreciate all your support which has been very long-term at this point!

  5. Irish September 6, 2013

    This movie is where I discovered Ann Dvorak and thought the chemistry between John Wayne & Ann was wonderful. It is one of MY favorite John Wayne movies and part of that is Ann Dvorak. It’s nice to know she enjoyed making the film.

  6. admin September 6, 2013

    It’s definitely more of a showcase role for Ann than many of her other films. It’s great to see a good print readily available.

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