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Frisco Kid (1935)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance | 30 November 1935 (USA)
After a roustabout sailer avoids being shanghaied in 1852 San Francisco, his audacity helps him to arise to a position of power in the vice industry of the infamous Barbary Coast.

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Jean Barrat
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Paul Morra
Lili Damita ...
Belle
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Spider Burke
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Solly
Joe King ...
James Daley (as Joseph King)
Addison Richards ...
Coleman
Robert McWade ...
Judge Crawford
Joseph Crehan ...
McClanahan
Robert Strange ...
Graber
Joe Sawyer ...
Slugs Crippen (as Joseph Sawyer)
Fred Kohler ...
Shanghai Duck
Edward McWade ...
Tupper
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Bat Morgan is nearly shanghaied on his way to the gold fields of California. Instead he kills Shanghai Duck and becomes a hero in San Francisco's Barbary Coast. He winds up the rich owner of a saloon and gambling hall and is nearly lynched for a murder he didn't commit. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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He's the Two-Fisted Hero of the Square Mile of Hell the Devil Himself disowned!

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Adventure | Romance

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30 November 1935 (USA)  »

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La ciudad siniestra  »

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Bat Morgan: [after watching Morra draw a good card] You're too lucky.
Paul Morra: [Knowingly] It's my business to be lucky.
Bat Morgan: [Understanding his meaning] Not a bad business.
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Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
(1854) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
In the score often as a love theme for Bat and Jean
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A weaker Cagney vehicle
18 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It seems odd this drama from Cagney's main star period would be obscure until you watch it.

Cagney is dynamic as ever but those two cinematic black holes Margaret Lindsay and Donald Woods stop the film dead in its tracks whenever they appear in a scene.

Lindsay, who Warners tried their damnedest to make into a star, is stiff and affected in the female lead. Her scenes with Cagney become more an interesting example of star quality and naturalism versus posturing for the camera than believable love scenes. In their close-ups he is animated and alive and she seems to be waiting for him to finish talking so she can flatly deliver her lines.

Woods is even worse but his role is smaller so he is less irksome but when he's not on screen you don't miss him.

As far as the film's storyline it's standard stuff about the clash between the Barbary Coast and Nob Hill society. If you're a Cagney fan it's worth checking out but one viewing will probably be enough.


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