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Conflict (1936 film)

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Film poster
Directed byDavid Howard
Screenplay byCharles A. Logue
Walter Weems
Based onThe Abysmal Brute
1913 novel
by Jack London
Produced byTrem Carr
Paul Malvern
StarringJohn Wayne
Jean Rogers
Ward Bond
CinematographyArchie Stout
Edited byErma Horsley
Jack Ogilvie
Music byCharles Previn
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • November 29, 1936 (1936-11-29)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Conflict is a 1936 American drama sport film directed by David Howard and starring John Wayne, Ward Bond and Jean Rogers.[1]


Pat Glendon is a former lumberjack turned bare-knuckle boxer who travels the countryside as part of gambling scam operated by Gus "Knockout" Carrigan for a New York City syndicate. Glendon arrives ahead of the travelling boxing exhibition, building the confidence of the locals who in turn bet on Glendon to win, only to have him throw the fight.

The gambling circuit leads Glendon to Cedar City, a west coast lumber town where he soon finds himself a job as a lumberjack and becoming part of the community. At the lumberjack picnic Glendon fights and defeats "Ruffhouse" Kelly, a burly man from a rival lumber camp. The town folk agree that Glendon is the one to represent them in the boxing exhibition soon to hit town.

While in Cedar City, Glendon saves the life of a runaway orphan, Tommy, who befriends the boxer and acts as his "trainer" and is unofficially adopted by him. Maude Sangster, a reporter pretending to be a social worker from San Francisco sent to Cedar City to expose the boxing scam, befriends Glendon and the orphan Tommy.

Conscience gets the better of Glendon, and on the day of the rigged fight against Carrigan, Glendon tells him that he won't throw the fight. He tells Carrigan that the Cedar City lumberjacks are his friends and he doesn't want to scam them out of their hard earned money. In a hard-fought, honest match, Glendon prevails and also wins the heart of the girl.


Jean Rogers, John Wayne, and Ward Bond in Conflict
Jean Rogers, John Wayne, and Ward Bond in Conflict


The railroad scenes were filmed on the Sierra Railroad in Tuolumne County, California.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Zmijewsky, Steve; Ricci, Mark (1970). "The Complete Films of John Wayne". Citadel Press. p. 70.ISBN 0-8065-0945-7.
  2. ^ Jensen, Larry (2018). Hollywood's Railroads: Sierra Railroad. Vol. Two. Sequim, Washington: Cochetopa Press. p. 14. ISBN 9780692064726.
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