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Barbary Coast (1935)

Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She... See full summary »

Directors:

Howard Hawks, William Wyler (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), Charles MacArthur (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Mary 'Swan' Rutledge
Edward G. Robinson ... Luis Chamalis
Joel McCrea ... Jim Carmichael
Walter Brennan ... Old Atrocity
Frank Craven ... Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb
Brian Donlevy ... Knuckles Jacoby
Clyde Cook ... Oakie
Harry Carey ... Jed Slocum
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Broncho
Donald Meek ... Sawbuck McTavish
Rollo Lloyd ... Wigham
J.M. Kerrigan ... Judge Harper
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Sandy Ferguson
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Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in love with miner Carmichael and takes his gold dust at the wheel. She goes after him, Louis goes after her with intent to harm Carmichael. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1935 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Port of Wickedness See more »

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Budget:

$778,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were constant struggles between Miriam Hopkins and Edward G. Robinson during the shooting of the movie. She constantly changed her lines and tried to upstage and unsettle Robinson's performance. After two weeks they had to shoot a scene where Robinson had to slap his co-star. He did just that, but put such force in it that she fell to the ground. After a pause the crew began to cheer, fed up as they were with Hopkins' antics. See more »

Quotes

Old Atrocity: I'm a no good, terrible old man, with a heart of a coyote!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Gold

Out of California in 1849 came the cry that lured the adventurous from the four corners of the earth.

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Entertaining if melodramatic
7 February 2007 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

During the gold rush, Robinson runs San Francisco like a mafia boss. Enter Hopkins as a gold-digging young lady, who apparently is just about the only white woman in the whole city, given how the men react to her. The familiar cast also includes McCrea as an earnest young prospector, Donlevy as Robinson's hatchet man, and Brennan as an old guy named "Old Atrocity." Entertaining film has a decent story but is marred by acting that is either wooden or melodramatic, with Hopkins particularly guilty of the latter. It's fun watching Robinson play the heavy. Hawks does a nice job of evoking foggy San Francisco of a bygone era.


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