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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 »

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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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27 December 1935 (France)  »

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Port of Wickedness  »

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$778,000 (estimated)
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The famous uncredited early David Niven appearance can require several viewings to spot. It is about twelve minutes into the film, as Mary is led along the street and Old Atrocity (Walter Brennan) says "Make way for a lady!". Niven, wearing a peaked cap with a coat over his left arm, says in his best Cockney accent: "Oright- oright!" and something about bars in Africa, as he leaves the saloon with the main group in front of him. See more »

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Jim Carmichael: No complaints. Wisdom was never bought at so cheap a price.
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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.

Over the Rockies in covered wagons they came, and around the Horn in square-rigged ships. See more »

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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Onward Christian Soldiers
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
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Miriam acts with her eyebrows
16 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Somewhat run-of-the-mill period piece combining characters and story points probably seen to better effect elsewhere. I could accept E. G. Robinson in his role as a swaggering casino owner in his puffy shirt and earring (and severe sidechops), and he leavens his evildoing with a little bit of pathos in his yearning for a woman who will love him for himself. Poor sap hasn't learned that having people shot in the back is a poor way to impress a woman. Miriam Hopkins does a fine job, mostly, but she sometimes uses her eyebrows to punctuate her dialog a little too much. Hawks should have told her to tone down the brow action a little. The opening sequence as the ship pulls into a fog-enshrouded San Francisco Bay is beautifully shot.


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