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Fog over Frisco
     

Fog over Frisco

Director: William Dieterle, Daniel Reed

Cast: Bette Davis, Donald Woods

 
Cited by film historian William K. Everson as one of the fastest-moving crime melodramas of the 1930s (if not the fastest) Fog Over Frisco still manages to leave viewers breathless. Top-billed Bette Davis plays giddy heiress Arlene Bradford, whose perverse fascination with gangsters gets her mixed up in a stolen-securities scheme. Arlene's more sensible sister

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Cited by film historian William K. Everson as one of the fastest-moving crime melodramas of the 1930s (if not the fastest) Fog Over Frisco still manages to leave viewers breathless. Top-billed Bette Davis plays giddy heiress Arlene Bradford, whose perverse fascination with gangsters gets her mixed up in a stolen-securities scheme. Arlene's more sensible sister Val (Margaret Lindsay) tries to keep her out of trouble, but this proves impossible. Entering into the fray are hotshot society reporter Tony (Donald Woods) and goofy photojournalist Izzy (Hugh Herbert), who like Val get in over their heads when they stumble upon the body of the murdered Arlene. The identity of the killer remains a well-concealed secret until Izzy, of all people, stumbles across a vital clue. Things really begin to accelerate when Val is kidnapped by Arlene's gangster cohorts (who, interestingly enough, are very reluctant to take her prisoner and do so only when there's no other option!), leading to a mile-a-minute rescue and hasty plot wrap-up. Among the many good guys, bad guys and red herrings are Alan Hale as an Irish cop, Robert H. Barrat as a butler who isn't a butler, and Henry O'Neill as a gosh-knows-what who may be the murderer. Though physical action is at a minimum, Fog Over Frisco is kept constantly on the move by director William Dieterle, using every cinematic trick and optical effect (wipe dissolves, iris-outs, swish-pans etc.) at his disposal. The film was less effectively remade as Spy Ship in 1942.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2010
UPC:
0883316257524
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:08:00
Sales rank:
12,679

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Arlene Bradford
Donald Woods Tony Stirling
Margaret Lindsay Val Bradford
Lyle Talbot Spencer Carleton
Hugh Herbert Izzy Wright
Arthur Byron Everett Bradford
Henry O'Neill Oren Porter
Irving Pichel Jake Bellow
Ralph Brooks Musician
George Chandler Taxi Driver
Douglas Cosgrove Lt. Davis
William B. Davidson Joe Hague
William Demarest Spike Smith
Lester Dorr Reporter
Dick French Dick, the Orchestra Leader
Alan Hale Chief O'Malley
Selmar Jackson Radio Announcer
Harold Minjir Archie Van Ness
Dennis O'Keefe Van Brugh
Edward Peil Police Sergeant
Hal Price Bartender
Harry Seymour Bill, the Messenger
Robert Walker Hood
Charles Wilson Sgt. O'Hagen
Douglas Dumbrille Joshua Maynard
Robert H. Barrat Thorne
Gordon Westcott Joe Bellow

Technical Credits
William Dieterle Director
Daniel Reed Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Leo F. Forbstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Robert N. Lee Screenwriter
Robert Lord Producer
Harold McLernon Editor
Jack Okey Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Eugene Solow Screenwriter

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