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The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937 film)

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Director  Christy Cabanne
Music director  Roy Webb
Language  English
6/10 IMDb

Genre  History, Romance, Western
Screenplay  John Twist, Harry Segall
Country  United States
The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937 film) movie poster
Release date  April 16, 1937 (1937-04-16)
Based on  The Outcasts of Poker Flat  by Bret Harte
Writer  Bret Harte (short story "The Outcasts of Poker Flat"), John Twist (screen play), Harry Segall (screen play)
Cast  Preston Foster (John Oakhurst), Van Heflin (Rev. Samuel Woods), Virginia Weidler (Luck), Jean Muir (Helen Colby), Margaret Irving (The Duchess), Si Jenks (Kentuck)
Similar movies  San Andreas, Everest, Straight Outta Compton, The Thing, Dope, Back to the Future Part III
Tagline  Oakhurst the Gambler Lives Again in This Drama of a Two Gun Man and a One Man Woman!

The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a 1937 American Western film directed by Christy Cabanne and written by John Twist and Harry Segall. The film stars Preston Foster, Jean Muir, Van Heflin, Virginia Weidler and Margaret Irving. The film was released on April 16, 1937, by RKO Pictures.


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The screenplay is based on a short story of the same name by Bret Harte, which has been brought to film at least five times, including in 1919 with Harry Carey and in 1952 with Dale Robertson.


A gunfighter and gambler, John Oakhurst ends up caring for a baby girl whose mother dies in childbirth. He decides to call her "Luck" and looks to new schoolmarm Helen Colby and the Rev. Sam Woods to set a good example for the girl.

Luck grows up and Poker Flat grows into a boom town. One day while John and the reverend are quarreling about the bad element John and his partner The Duchess permit in their gambling house, Luck ends up playing cards with Sonoma, a vicious outlaw. A furious John explodes at Helen, feeling she was supposed to be keeping an eye on Luck at the time. Helen decides to leave town, but Luck convinces her that John loves her.

Determined to change into a better man, John refuses to be goaded into a showdown by Sonoma, at least until The Duchess taunts him, whereupon he shoots dead Sonoma and another man. A vigilante group orders John and The Duchess out of town and Helen goes along. Their horses are stolen and, in the mountains in winter, The Duchess freezes to death. Helen nearly dies, but just as Luck rides up to rescue her, they find that John, feeling guilt for what he's done, has taken his own life.


  • Preston Foster as John Oakhurst
  • Jean Muir as Miss Helen Colby
  • Van Heflin as Reverend Sam Woods
  • Virginia Weidler as Luck
  • Margaret Irving as The Duchess
  • Frank M. Thomas as Mr. Bedford
  • Si Jenks as Kentuck
  • Dick Elliott as Stumpy Carter
  • Al St. John as Uncle Billy
  • Bradley Page as Sonoma
  • Richard Lane as High-Grade
  • Monte Blue as Indian Jim
  • Billy Gilbert as Charley
  • Dudley Clements as Wilkes
  • References

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937 film) Wikipedia
    The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937 film) IMDb The Outcasts of Poker Flat (1937 film)