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Barbary Coast (1935)

Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She... See full summary »

Directors:

Howard Hawks, William Wyler (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screen play), Charles MacArthur (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Mary 'Swan' Rutledge
Edward G. Robinson ... Luis Chamalis
Joel McCrea ... Jim Carmichael
Walter Brennan ... Old Atrocity
Frank Craven ... Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb
Brian Donlevy ... Knuckles Jacoby
Clyde Cook ... Oakie
Harry Carey ... Jed Slocum
Matt McHugh Matt McHugh ... Broncho
Donald Meek ... Sawbuck McTavish
Rollo Lloyd ... Wigham
J.M. Kerrigan ... Judge Harper
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Sandy Ferguson
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Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in love with miner Carmichael and takes his gold dust at the wheel. She goes after him, Louis goes after her with intent to harm Carmichael. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1935 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Port of Wickedness See more »

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Budget:

$778,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There were constant struggles between Miriam Hopkins and Edward G. Robinson during the shooting of the movie. She constantly changed her lines and tried to upstage and unsettle Robinson's performance. After two weeks they had to shoot a scene where Robinson had to slap his co-star. He did just that, but put such force in it that she fell to the ground. After a pause the crew began to cheer, fed up as they were with Hopkins' antics. See more »

Quotes

Mary 'Swan' Rutledge: Just one thing more, Mr. Chamalis. I suggest you get used to knocking on doors.
Chamalis: All right, Swan.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Gold

Out of California in 1849 came the cry that lured the adventurous from the four corners of the earth.

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Camptown Races
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Slightly disappointing period product
3 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Given the array of talent assembled for this project, the result disappointed me. The script is funny and very smart, but Robinson's portrayal of an 1850s casino boss in San Francisco comes off poorly to me, especially as he basically struts and does the same act as his 20s gangster thing, but wearing puffy flamenco shirts. Hopkins is good, and very charming, in her role, which is the center of the film's plot and heart. McCrea is given a fairly one-dimensional lead. Seems to have been some confusion over what kind of film they were trying to make over at Goldwyn studios.


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