VIRGINIA CITY

(1940)
With Errol Flynn, Miriam Hopkins, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Frank McHugh, Alan Hale, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams

Directed by Michael Curtiz
Reviewed by JB

     JB: Not really a sequel to DODGE CITY, but another big blast of manly fun directed once again by Michael Curtiz and featuring many of the same players. Missing is the lovely Olivia DeHavilland, replaced by the lovely yet forlorn-looking Miriam Hopkins.  Randolph Scott returns as Flynn's antagonist, and Alan Hale, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams and Frank McHugh are all back because Warners films can never have enough comic relief character actors on a film's payroll.  As a bonus, Humphrey Bogart shows up as a Mexican bandit (talk about comic relief!). What's not to love about this film?

    Okay, so Miriam Hopkins couldn't sing and Bogey couldn't do a Mexican accent, but this is no time for quibbling.  VIRGINIA CITY is a typical Warners film where everything gets thrown into the mix in the hopes that it will all work out somehow. It's as if everybody had so much fun on DODGE CITY, they all decided to do it again (except for Olivia).  Plots and subplots pile up like abandoned cars, Hale and Williams do their "second and third banana" schtick, and Flynn is Flynn, meaning he fights, he charms, he romances, he emerges the hero.

    Not every "classic movie" is a classic movie.  Some of them are just tons of fun. 3½

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