The Spoilers

Synopsis: In Nome, Alaska, miner Roy Glennister and his partner Dextry, financed by saloon entertainer Cherry Malotte, fight to save their gold claim from crooked commissioner Alexander McNamara.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Ray Enright
Production: Universal Pictures
87 min

You wanna get rich in this country

you oughta marry a hen! - I did.

Only she can't lay no eggs!

No, not for 200. Not for any amount.

I gotta have a room.

- I tell ya, I just ain't got a room.

Wait a minute.

guest just checkin' out.

Lee Marcus.

Take 24, right on down the hall.

Much obliged.

Wait a minute, Flapjack! Wait!

What you aiming to do?

I'm gettin' me a gun, some liquor

and a gold commissioner.

Snake juice and plenty of it! - What

you doin' in town? Clean Peter out?

If we had, them mangy warthogs

wouldn't have jumped us. - You too?

Sure. We were just

workin' along kind of peaceful-like

when at least 20 of 'em jumped us.

What chance did we have?

You still got your gun, ain't ya?

You mean Flapjack was chased

off his claim and didn't do nothin'?

Oidn't do nothin'?

He polluted their guts with language

that shouldn't be inside of no man!

But what good did it do?

They had the law with 'em.

What are we, a lot of sleepin' Indians

to take a thing like this layin' down?

What you gonna do about it?

- I'll tell ya what I'm gonna do.

I'm gettin' me a gun. And anyone that

comes along'll see plenty of action.

If it's action you boys want

the games are open.

The roof's the limit, and if you're

really playful I'll take that off too.

Cherry, that ain't the kind of action

we mean. - Is there some other kind?

Yes, Ma'am. They stole my claim, and I

ain't gonna take it sittin' down!

Oh, you're gonna

do some shootin', Flapjack?

You bet I am!

And some hittin' what I shoot at!

Now, now, now.

Maybe we better think this over.

I don't wanna find you under that old

sycamore, with your feet dangling.

But you grubstaked me to this claim

yourself. - So I have a say in it.

You and Banty have another drink

and stay here.

They jump from one claim to another,

like grasshoppers, Bronco. - Yeah.

Seems you can take away a man's claim

just by filing an affidavit.

So far, they're only the small ones.

- Meaning what?

No reason their system can't work with

the big claims. - Such as the Midas?

With both owners away, why not?

A visit to the gold commissioner?

What's his name? - Alexander McNamara.

Shall I drop in on him?

- No.

First let's do

a little checking up. My way.

Ravishing as usual, Miss Malotte.

- glad to see you're out of jail.

A temporary arrangement only. I'll be

back in again by nightfall, I daresay.

Well, well, Miss Malotte!

It's certainly a pleasure to see you.

- Thank you, Mr Montrose.

I want some information

about Flapjack Simm's claim.


Here we are. That's been relocated.

Oh, it has? Under whose name?

Why, a Mr Clark and a Mr Bennett.

We have their affidavit right here.

Oh yes, here we are.

Now, see...

Can I see this, Monte?

You won't mind

if I borrow this, will you, Monte?

Nice place to keep my records, but

the question is, what about access?

You got to that one easy enough.

- Oidn't I?

I'm Cherry Malotte. I suppose you're

Mr McNamara. - g.C. gold Commissioner.

Tell the marshal

I want to see him, Montrose.

Putting me in jail, Mr McNamara?

- Serious business, stealing records.

As serious as claim jumping?

got some particular case in mind?

The claim of Flapjack Simms.

I know he made the original discovery.

Clark and Bennett swear they filed in

the spring, but they weren't here yet.

So I want this affidavit as evidence.

Strong talk. But I'm here to protect

the interests of the small owner.

But if you happened to be smart

you could do yourself

a lot of good, couldn't you?

I'm wondering just how smart you are.

Well, I've been educated.

- So have I.

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Lawrence Hazard

Lawrence Hazard (May 12, 1897 – April 1, 1959) was an American playwright and screenwriter active from 1933 to 1958. His career was cut short when he died at age 61 in 1959. His films include Man's Castle (1933) directed by Frank Borzage and starring Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young; Mannequin (1937) directed by Borzage and starring Joan Crawford and Spencer Tracy; Strange Cargo (1940) directed by Borzage and starring Clark Gable and Joan Crawford; The Spoilers (1942) starring Marlene Dietrich and John Wayne; Jackass Mail (1942) starring Wallace Beery; Dakota (1945) starring John Wayne and Walter Brennan, and numerous other films as well as scripts for television anthologies in the 1950s. more…

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