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Klondike Kate

Klondike Kate(1943)

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In 1897, in the the lawless, bawdy world of the Klondike, the town of Totem Pole goes mad one afternoon when word spreads that a troupe of showgirls is arriving from San Francisco. On the same train as the entertainers is Kathleen O'Day, who has come to the Klondike to take possession of a piece of property left to her by her late father. Jefferson Braddock, proprietor of the great Northern Lights Hotel and Dance Hall, meets the girls at the train and offers the troupe's manager, Molly, twice the money they were originally promised by his competitor, "Sometime" Smith, to work at his establishment instead. After engaging Judge Horace Crossit as her attorney, Kate learns that the property willed to her is the hotel and dance hall owned by Jeff. When confronted with the deed, Jeff claims that he bought the property from a man named Wilkins and suggests they take the case to court. Kate soon learns that Klondike justice is a rough-and-ready affair. During the trial, which is held at the dance hall the next morning, Judge Crossit functions as Kate's attorney, as well as the presiding judge and Jeff's lawyer. Disgusted by the sham, Kate marches out of the room. Over the following days, Jeff becomes romantically interested in Kate. She exploits his interest by asking for a job as a singer and then becomes a smash hit, thus engendering the jealousy of Lita, Jeff's former sweetheart and featured singer. Meanwhile, Smith has neither forgotten nor forgiven Jeff for stealing his showgirls. After secretly arranging for Lita to plant a marked deck of cards on the premises, Smith makes Jeff a sporting proposition: his place against Jeff's on the turn of a card. When Jeff accepts, Smith calls for a deck of cards, and Lita brings him the marked one. After losing, Jeff carefully inspects the cards and discovers the markings. When he challenges Smith to a duel, Kate, who has fallen in love with Jeff, urges that any gunplay between the two be conducted according to the law: the one killed will be buried, the other hanged. After the grizzled miners overwhelmingly pass Kate's edict, the gunfight is called off. When Lita demands $10,000 for her role in cheating Jeff, Smith refuses to pay her, and she shoots him. After Smith is found murdered, his henchmen incite a mob to storm Jeff's place and enforce Kate's law. Convinced of Jeff's innocence, Kate sends a faithful employee to the mine for reinforcements. In the ensuing battle, an oil lamp is overturned, and Jeff's place is razed by fire. Ruefully, Kate and Jeff stare at the gutted ruins and then decide to rebuild their lives together.