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Barbary Coast Gent(1944)

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The working titles of this film were Honest Plush Brannon, Gold Town and The Honest Thief. Although not mentioned in reviews or other sources, Wallace Beery's character appears to have been based on the real-life bandit Charles E. Bolton, or Black Bart, who was known for leaving poems in the strongboxes he robbed. For more information on Black Bart, see entry above for Black Bart. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, exteriors for the film were shot in Borger, CA, a small mining town that was part of the gold rush revival of 1933. In March 1944, Hollywood Reporter announced that snow scenes were to be shot in Lone Pine, CA, but the completed film did not contain any snow scenes. In addition, Hollywood Reporter announced that a "placer mining sequence" was to be shot on M-G-M's biggest outdoor set, but that sequence was not included in the final film. Hollywood Reporter news items and production charts add the following actors to the cast: Jack Kenney, Roscoe T. Ward, Robert E. Burns, Skeets Noyes, Al Freeman, Kit Guard, Tex Cooper, May McAvoy, Rose Langdon, Franz Dorfler, Al Shean, King Baggot, Mahlon Hamilton, John Phipps, Edward Kilroy, Paul Hurst, Jerry O'Neil, Steve Stevens, Eddie Burns, Archie Butler, Phil Schumacher and Joe Yule. The participation of these actors in the final film has not been confirmed. Although Adrienne Fazan is listed onscreen as film editor, George Boemler is credited as editor in early production charts and news items. Barbary Coast Gent was to be shown to troops overseas prior to its release in the U.S., according to a May 1944 Hollywood Reporter news item.