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Barbary Coast

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It's the wild and woolly waterfront world of San Francisco in the late 1800s in this rambling tale of an outrageous nightclub owner Edward G. Robinson and his efforts at wooing lovely Mary Rutledge Miriam Hopkins, a lovely Eastern lass left to her own devices in the rowdy port city. The innocent babe loses that innocence when she becomes a kept lady, running the roulette wheel in Robinson's nightclub. The plot matures when Mary falls in love with an honest and upright gold miner. When the lovers are discovered ...
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Overview

It's the wild and woolly waterfront world of San Francisco in the late 1800s in this rambling tale of an outrageous nightclub owner Edward G. Robinson and his efforts at wooing lovely Mary Rutledge Miriam Hopkins, a lovely Eastern lass left to her own devices in the rowdy port city. The innocent babe loses that innocence when she becomes a kept lady, running the roulette wheel in Robinson's nightclub. The plot matures when Mary falls in love with an honest and upright gold miner. When the lovers are discovered during a fateful tryst, they flee the evil Robinson, hoping to escape as stowaways aboard a departing ship. Robinson is magnificent in this ruffian role. This action-filled adventure is suitable for the whole family.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Barbary Coast is not a great movie, but it's one with a lot of energy and snap in it, and that may be enough for many viewers to overlook its flaws. Ascribe to writers Ben Hecht and Chales MacArthur many of its delights as well as many of its flaws. Coast abounds with the one-two punch dialogue that is the scriptwriting team's hallmark. It's got a spice to it, and a flair, and even if it doesn't necessarily sound right for the period, it's awfully hard to resist. Certainly, the actors seem to savor it, wrapping their tongues around the dialogue and spitting it out with gusto and relish. And a lot of that dialogue accompanies an interesting story about a woman who arrives in a corrupt town only to discover that her fiancé is dead and she has to decide how corrupt she will allow herself to be to survive. Unfortunately, it also has another story to tell, that of this same woman falling for a decent, poetic man -- and here it runs aground. Director Howard Hawks works as much of his magic as he can on the piece, but it's clear his sympathies lie with the more raucous, lively, raffish half of the picture. And with Edward G. Robinson on hand to lead that part of the story, who can blame him? As the bastion of the "good" side of the story, Joel McCrea is fine, but no competition for Robinson. Straddling both halves, Miriam Hopkins is delightful. Not a total winner, Coast is still worth catching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/1994
  • UPC: 026359075933
  • Original Release: 1935
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miriam Hopkins Mary Rutledge
Edward G. Robinson Louis Chamalis
Joel McCrea James Carmichael
Walter Brennan Old Atrocity
Frank Craven Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb
Brian Donlevy Knuckles
Clyde Cook Oakie
Harry Carey Slocum
Matt McHugh Bronco
Otto Hoffman Peebles
Rollo Lloyd Wigham
J.M. Kerrigan Judge Harper
Donald Meek McTavish
Frank Benson
Herman Bing Fish Peddler
Wong Chung Ah Wing
Jules Cowles Pilot
Patricia Farley Dance Hall Girl
Roger Gray Sandy Ferguson
Kit Guard Kibitzer
Harry Holman Mayor
Tom London Ringsider
Hank Mann
David Niven Cockney Sailor
Claude Payton
Victor Potel Wilkins
Russell Powell Sheriff
Constantine Romanoff Bouncer
Harry Semels Lookout
Bert Sprotte
Bob Stevenson Passenger
Cyril Thornton Steward
Jim Thorpe Indian
Anders VanHaden McCready, 2nd Mate
Fredrik Vogeding Ship's Captain
Ethel Wales Mayor's Wife
Dave Wengren 1st Mate
Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Ray June Cinematographer
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
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