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In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback. Written by
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Arriving in the small 1856 western town of San Francisco, former vigilante and present miner Joel McCrea (as Rick Nelson) is invited to help root out corruption. Claiming he's only in town for a few days of rest and relaxation, Mr. McCrea declines. McCrea witnesses a well-staged hanging and checks out the lay of the land. Very soon, rest and relaxation appears in the form of alluring Yvonne De Carlo (as Adelaide "Addie" McCall). McCrea gives her a wink and we're off to the races. Trouble is, Ms. DeCarlo is attached to cigar-smoking power broker Sidney Blackmer (as Andrew Cain). This crook is about to install himself a US Senator. McCrea becomes involved with Ms. De Carlo, of course, although she may come with a price...
An old hand at this, McCrea is reliable albeit mechanical; the blocking shows. While she never became a top-line actress, De Carlo really picks up the slack. She is very attractive, obviously, but also sells her character. When required to flash emotions, De Carlo is able to give the precise fraction necessary. This is a De Carlo movie. Best known for her campy 1960s "Lily Munster" TV character, De Carlo proves to be more than decorative, which was her usual lot as a movie star. Director Robert Parrish doesn't always get the best angles, but generally uses his resources well. In the Marie Dressler tradition, rum-soaked waterfront hag Florence Bates (as Sadie) is most memorable, and Richard Erdman (as Shorty) is a reliable sidekick.
****** The San Francisco Story (5/9/1952) Robert Parrish ~ Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Florence Bates, Sidney Blackmer
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