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Fog Over Frisco (1934)

TV-G  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  2 June 1934 (USA)
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The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

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Donald Woods ...
Tony
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Val
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Spencer
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Izzy
Arthur Byron ...
Bradford
Robert Barrat ...
Thorne
Henry O'Neill ...
Porter
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Jake Bello
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Mayard (as Douglas Dumbrille)
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Chief O'Malley
Gordon Westcott ...
Joe Bello
Charles C. Wilson ...
Detective Sgt. O'Hagen (as Charles Wilson)
Harold Minjir ...
Archie Van Ness
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Spike Smith
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Arlene Bradford is the quintessential high society bad girl. She's spoiled by Everett Bradford, her indulgently wealthy San Francisco father, who's recently become totally disgusted by her irresponsible antics. She has little regard for the law and the company she keeps. She has her investment broker fiancé Spencer Carlton involved in a stolen bond racket and flirts with local gangster types including the notorious Jake Bellow. The senior Bradford becomes concerned when Arlene begins to involve her half-sister Valkyr in her shady and highly dangerous activities. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Enslaved by a mad desire for illicit thrills, she made others pay for her violent career! See more »


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2 June 1934 (USA)  »

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Dimma över Frisco  »

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'Bette Davis' (qav) remarked that she looked back at this film with fondness, making it one of the few from the early part of her career that she would look at that way. See more »

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Tony Sterling: [to Izzy seeing other reporters on the scene before them] Look! Those mothers beat us to it!
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How Do I Know It's Sunday?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played by the band for Arlene when she arrives at the nightclub
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Best murder mystery of its time
16 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Look up lists of best murder mysteries and only three pre-1940 films appear: Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Thin Man. Both Morgue and Thin Man really stretch the point. There's no mystery in the former and the latter is really a comedy. It's not surprising that early films fail to make the list; they are infrequently seen. And when they are, modern sensibilities make them seem too old fashioned to rate high marks.

Fog Over Frisco is a forgotten gem that deserves to be high on anyone's list. It takes over from the early Philo Vance films in complexity and adds original twists, tension and action. The Warner Brothers stock company players are uniformly good but Bette Davis is amazing. The film doesn't follow a standard mystery format and avoids most of the clichés found in such films. It is fresh, exiting and original. Fog Over Frisco is far and away the best of its kind made up to its time (1934) and perhaps through the entire 1930s.


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