Virginia City. 1940. USA. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Screenplay by Robert Buckner. With Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart, Miriam Hopkins. 35mm. 121 min.
The second of Flynn’s three Westerns for Michael Curtiz was cursed by a troubled production that included constant rewrites as studio executives tried to decide who was the film’s actual protagonist: Randolph Scott, the Confederate officer trying to smuggle $5 million in gold from Nevada to Richmond, or Errol Flynn, the Union intelligence operative trying to stop him. Meanwhile, poor Miriam Hopkins gets stuck with reciting all the exposition, and she doesn’t look happy about it. Practically every member of the Warner Bros. stock company turns up for a scene or two, including a mustachioed Humphrey Bogart attempting a Mexican accent.