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The Spoilers (Blu-ray)
<small>by Stuart Galbraith IV</small><hr />

The fifth film version of Rex Beach's 1906 novel, The Spoilers (1942) is one of the better movies John Wayne made between his breakout role in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) and his ascension to superstar status with Ford's Fort Apache and Howard Hawks's Red River (both 1948). In between, Wayne tended to headline tepid period action-melodramas at Republic, where he was under long-term contract, or loaned out to major studios, generally to support more established stars, in this case Marlene Dietrich. Sometimes these films turned out well, as in A Lady Takes a Chance, with Wayne delightful as a rodeo star romancing charming Jean Arthur. But nearly all of Wayne's best films came later.

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