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The San Francisco Story (1952)

Passed | | Western | 17 May 1952 (USA)
In 1856, San Francisco is the scene of political battles between criminal organizations led by corrupt politicians and Vigilantes Committees formed by honest citizens.



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Rick Nelson
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Andrew Cain
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John Raven ...
Ralph Dumke ...
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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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Where the Doomed, the Damned and the Daring poured through the sprawling, brawling Gateway to Gold! See more »




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17 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Menschenjagd in San Francisco  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Fifties production line western has it's moments.
16 January 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Joel McCrea had made these his home ground and this independent effort, picked up by Warners, was pushed along by the amiable Robert Parrish who obviously found some elements more involving than others.

The dialogs between McCrea and Yvonne De Carlo, in her spotless Fifties outfits, are lifeless and often filmed against back projection. However when Tor Johnson opens the hatch to Florence Bates' waterfront dive bar with a back room full of drunken sailors that she's sold to shanghai-ing captains, thing pick up. The scenes are played for comedy and the smoke filled, low roof ship's hold decor is striking.

Easy to get nostalgic for a time when these came two a time in neighborhood theaters.

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