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Fog Over Frisco (1934)

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert N. Lee (screen play), George Dyer (based on a story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Arlene Bradford
Donald Woods ... Tony Sterling
Margaret Lindsay ... Valkyr Bradford
Lyle Talbot ... Spencer Carleton
Hugh Herbert ... Izzy Wright
Arthur Byron ... Everett Bradford
Robert Barrat ... Thorne
Henry O'Neill ... Porter
Irving Pichel ... Jake Bello
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mayard (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Alan Hale ... Chief O'Malley
Gordon Westcott ... Joe Bello
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Sgt. O'Hagen (as Charles Wilson)
Harold Minjir Harold Minjir ... Archie Van Ness
William Demarest ... Spike Smith
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Storyline

Arlene Bradford is the quintessential high society bad girl. She's spoiled by Everett Bradford, her indulgently wealthy San Francisco father, who's recently become totally disgusted by her irresponsible antics. She has little regard for the law and the company she keeps. She has her investment broker fiancé Spencer Carlton involved in a stolen bond racket and flirts with local gangster types including the notorious Jake Bellow. The senior Bradford becomes concerned when Arlene begins to involve her half-sister Valkyr in her shady and highly dangerous activities. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Society beauty's wild escapades shock city! See more »


Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentleman from San Francisco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although George Dyer is credited onscreen for "story," the source of the movie was his book, entitled "The Five Fragments." See more »

Quotes

Tony Sterling: Go jump in the lake!
Jake Bellow: Can't swim.
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Soundtracks

Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by request by the nightclub band and as background music
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Best murder mystery of its time
16 November 2012 | by westerfieldSee all my reviews

Look up lists of best murder mysteries and only three pre-1940 films appear: Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Thin Man. Both Morgue and Thin Man really stretch the point. There's no mystery in the former and the latter is really a comedy. It's not surprising that early films fail to make the list; they are infrequently seen. And when they are, modern sensibilities make them seem too old fashioned to rate high marks.

Fog Over Frisco is a forgotten gem that deserves to be high on anyone's list. It takes over from the early Philo Vance films in complexity and adds original twists, tension and action. The Warner Brothers stock company players are uniformly good but Bette Davis is amazing. The film doesn't follow a standard mystery format and avoids most of the clichés found in such films. It is fresh, exiting and original. Fog Over Frisco is far and away the best of its kind made up to its time (1934) and perhaps through the entire 1930s.


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