6.4/10
26
3 user

Man from Frisco (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 15 June 1944 (USA)
Matt Braddock (a fictional version of real-life Henry Kaiser) is an engineer with revolutionary ideas for shipbuilding. When he tries to set up yards for prefabricating ships on the West ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A good-natured saddle tramp traveling with his sidekick, is mistaken for a ruthless outlaw with a price on his head.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Gary Cooper, Loretta Young, William Demarest
Ball of Fire (1941)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A group of professors working on a new encyclopedia encounter a mouthy nightclub singer who is wanted by the police to help bring down her mob boss lover.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Oskar Homolka
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A wealthy family goes on vacation, leaving their butler in charge of their house. The butler meets a beautiful woman, and soon gets himself in all sorts of trouble.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Dan Duryea, Ella Raines, William Bendix
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Frankie Foster and Stanley Benson are a pair of small-potatoes performers. Both try to make it to the big-time after winning an amateur talent contest. Though this leads them to a few ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Anne Shirley, Dennis Day, Phillip Terry
Black Angel (1946)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre
Manhandled (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The secretary to a phony psychiatrist finds herself caught up in the murder of a patient's wife and realizes that her life is also in danger.

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dan Duryea, Dorothy Lamour, Sterling Hayden
Terror Street (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An American pilot AWOL from the states is framed for his wife's murder and has just 36 hours to prove his innocence.

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: Dan Duryea, Elsie Albiin, Gudrun Ure
Larceny (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A con man sets out to swindle a widow out of the money she's received to build a memorial to her war-hero husband, but winds up falling in love with her instead.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: John Payne, Joan Caulfield, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After being hired to find an ex-con's former girlfriend, Philip Marlowe is drawn into a deeply complex web of mystery and deceit.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Secretary Emily Borden is in love with her boss, Henry Summers, but he is too involved with Constance Powell to notice. Ralph is interested in Emily, but she has no interest in him. Emily's... See full summary »

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Virginia Gilmore, James Ellison, Dan Duryea
Black Bart (1948)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

California stage robber Black Bart meets European dancer Lola Montez.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Jeffrey Lynn
River Lady (1948)
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

During the 1850s, crooked lumber syndicate man Beauvais tries to take over the local mill while Sequin, the sensual owner of a gambling riverboat, tries to control the heart of Mississippi lumberjack Dan Corrigan.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Diana Kennedy
...
Joel Kennedy
...
Jim Benson
...
Ruth Warnecke
...
Johnny Rogers
...
Russ Kennedy
...
Bruce McRae
...
Eben Whelock (as Olin Howlin)
...
Martha Kennedy
...
Dr. Hershey
...
Chief Campbell
...
Maritime Commissioner
...
Judge Harry McLain
Edit

Storyline

Matt Braddock (a fictional version of real-life Henry Kaiser) is an engineer with revolutionary ideas for shipbuilding. When he tries to set up yards for prefabricating ships on the West Coast, he runs up against a rival builder, Joel Kennedy. Kennedy's son Russ idolizes Matt, but Russ's sister Diana thinks Matt is a hopeless idealist who could ruin her father. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE...for this red-headed tornado! He launched ships by the thousands...and had a love affair to go with each! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Batalha do Aço  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
American Know How
5 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I doubt that Henry J. Kaiser on whom the lead character is based ever had all the problems that Michael O'Shea has in this film. He's the Man From Frisco a hard driving construction boss who has a brand new idea for building ships in mass quantity which in the years before our entry into World War II we knew we would need.

O'Shea has modified the assembly line that Henry Ford developed for the automobile and he wants to try his experiment in a sleepy Pacific coast town where the main employer is shipyard owner Gene Lockhart. Lockhart considers himself a craftsman in an industry increasingly not attuned to his ideas.

It takes Pearl Harbor to wake these people up and they reluctantly get behind O'Shea. Lockhart still has his doubts as does his right hand man Dan Duryea who is interested in Lockhart's daughter Anne Shirley. So is O'Shea which gives things a personal twist as well. Younger brother Tommy Bond is all for O'Shea.

The best scenes are those of the construction work done on what became known as Liberty Ships. Part of those scenes are narrated by Stephanie Bachelor who has a small role as a woman with a child who comes west to support her husband overseas in his war. She is the prototype for the Rosie the Riveteer character from those war years although in this instance riveting is out, welding is in. Incidentally Bachelor's quiet understated performance is the best in the film by far.

Man From Frisco might have been a better film had it not been hampered with a silly romantic subplot.


2 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?