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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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27 December 1935 (France)  »

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Joel McCrea's role was initially intended for Gary Cooper, See more »

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Old Atrocity: I've been in cities where they chased me off the streets like a mad dog.
Chamalis: Shut up, before I start doing some more chasing.
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It's a master class of Howard Hawks
9 June 2012 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

In 1849, the discovery of gold in California triggered an intense wave of immigration. Thousands of adventurers cross the Rocky Mountains to reach the Pacific coast, attracted mainly by the city of San Francisco.

"Barbary Coast" is another master class in film directing master's Hawks a cast led by Edward G. Robinson, Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, with luxury side like Walter Brennan.

It was directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler and starring in the leading roles by Edward G. Robinson and Miriam Hopkins. Edward G. Robinson makes one of his great interpretations of character bad guy and as we see actor Walter Brennan, surprisingly with the same appearance as in "Rio Bravo" (1959) and equally good job.

A film with narrative pace, with characters well defined, with superb performances, with economy of means, with a perfect picture.

The film is very entertaining though it is among the best of Howard Hawks.


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