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Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

After 5 years in prison, ex-cop Steve Rollins is paroled and searches for the San Francisco mobsters who framed him for manslaughter.

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Frank Tuttle

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Martin Rackin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Ladd ... Steve Rollins
Edward G. Robinson ... Victor Amato
Joanne Dru ... Marcia Rollins
William Demarest ... Dan Bianco
Paul Stewart ... Joe Lye
Perry Lopez ... Mario Amato
Fay Wray ... Kay Stanley
Renata Vanni Renata Vanni ... Anna Amato
Nestor Paiva ... Louis Fiaschetti
Stanley Adams ... Hammy
Willis Bouchey ... Police Lt. Paul Neville
Peter Hansen ... Detective Connors (as Peter Hanson)
Anthony Caruso ... Sebastian Pasmonick
Peter J. Votrian Peter J. Votrian ... George Pasmonick (as Peter Votrian)
George J. Lewis ... Father Larocca
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Storyline

When ex-cop Steve Rollins is released from San Quentin after five years, his only thoughts are of revenge on the men who framed him for manslaughter. Back in San Francisco, his quest for the truth brings him up against ruthless waterfront gang boss Victor Amato. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

STEVE ROLLINS...his gun...his vengeance...alone on the Bay-Front! See more »


Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

28 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell on the Dock See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound System) (magnetic prints)| Mono (optical prints)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The interior police station set is the same one used for Rebel Without A Cause (1955) which was released 2 months earlier. See more »

Soundtracks

They Very Thought Of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music and words Ray Noble
Sung by Joanne Dru in the nightclub (dubbed by Bonnie Lou Williams)
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Plodding and lacking atmosphere
30 November 2013 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This film offers a lot of potential. The cast features Robinson and Ladd, the city in the background is a great one and the plot offers us murder, conspiracy, betrayal, infidelity and revenge. So why is it so very pedestrian from start to finish? I'm not totally sure as to the why but I have little doubt this is the case since the film really crawled across my screen, offering very little to make me sit up and take notice at any point. The problems for me are several but they are mostly intertwined to create one central problem which is that the film really lacks atmosphere and tension.

The most obvious cause of this is the setting and the delivery. San Francisco is a beautiful city and one filled with coolness; it isn't the best backdrop for a tough noir-esque film. The film delivers the city in full color with lots of space and vibrancy and this doesn't help the tone of the film. This isn't to say that such a film can't be set in such a place, but if it does then it needs to create an atmosphere another way – setting it in gritty urban decay would have helped but it isn't necessary if ou deliver with plot, performances and other ways to make atmosphere. Sadly this film doesn't. In terms of characters they are flat and the performances match this. Ladd is supposed to be bitter and driven by rage but never looks more annoyed than someone who has misplaced their car keys. He really sleeps through this and even in the "dramatic" conclusion, his face is more emotionless than Steven Seagal. Robinson does his thing but without anything much to work with, so he is only his usual style, nothing special. The rest of the cast have some good turns but generally the pace is set by the leads – and the pace is slow.

This really hurts the atmosphere and I never felt anything other than a general plod through a plot which didn't have anything to it. The bright color and space of the film doesn't help, but the lackluster performances and lack of general tension or atmosphere do more damage again.


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