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      Barbary Coast

      Released Oct 13, 1935 1h 30m Adventure List
      92% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 51% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Forced to remain in San Francisco after the murder of her fiancé, Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins) takes a job in the saloon of powerful Louis Chamalis (Edward G. Robinson), the man responsible for the death of her intended. One afternoon while riding, Mary meets Easterner Jim Carmichael (Joel McCrea) and, attracted to him, pretends that she is a lady. Later at the saloon, Jim learns otherwise -- and despite losing all his money gambling, he remains at the saloon to pursue Mary. Read More Read Less

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      Andre Sennwald New York Times Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur hammer out a bouncing melodrama of San Francisco's sin and salad days in Barbary Coast. Rated: 4/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader A wide-open San Francisco, circa 1890, is the background for one of Howard Hawks's intelligent love triangles. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine With Miriam Hopkins as a gold digger of '49. Edward Robinson as the Boss of San Francisco, and both worth watching. Jul 22, 2019 Full Review Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair With a subject like the Barbary Coast, we should have been given a lot more color and sin, and I, for one, feed grossly cheated. May 31, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Engaging tale mixes romance, historical film, and anti-dictator, pro-Freedom of the Press points of view. Nov 21, 2017 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It's an entertaining but lesser Hawks film, too conventional in its storytelling to kick up any dust. Rated: B Jul 12, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      SICKS6SIX S I scored this film 80%, i don't understand how the public only gave it 50%, this is a film made in the 1930s not long after talkies were invented, for its day it was miles ahead of what people were making, you can't judge this film by any of today's standards, it has fine actors, a good script and plot, yes it looks and sounds dated, you would too if you had been made in 1931. . . its a trip back in time and it does that really well, EGR is one of the top 5 all-time Hollywood greats and he delivers well in this film, watch and enjoy, Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/13/24 Full Review Steve D Strong western with great work from its cast. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Audience Member Really good movie here well worth watching. Yes I highly recommend it. James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas October 13, 2023. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Atmospheric piece (lots of fog) with elements of the western, the gangster movie, and romance. Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins) is a young woman set to marry a gold-rush millionaire; she arrives in foggy San Francisco only to learn her intended is dead, killed after making a fuss when he lost everything gambling. Mary is intent upon doing well, and joins forces with gambling boss Luis Chamalis (Edward G. Robinson), running his crooked roulette wheel. Chamalis compares her to a swan, and so she's known as Swan from then on. He wants her to return his affection; she doesn't. Chamalis owns the whole town, and his gunman Knuckles (Brian Donlevy) shoots bad losers in the back, as well as brave newspapermen. Swan is unhappy about the killings and wanders off alone; taking refuge from the rain in a cabin, she meets Jim Carmichael (Joel McCrea), a prospector who's struck it rich and is heading back to New York. After a short interlude of pleasant talk, they part ways. But instead of leaving he shows up at the saloon, and she cheats him out of all his gold; he is bitter and sarcastic and then unconscious. When he wakes up he's a spittoon-cleaner and waiter. Meanwhile the town is getting anxious about Chamalis's killings and form a band of vigilantes. They capture Knuckles and hang him and break up the saloon. Chamalis is fixated on Swan's love for Carmichael and chases them. Carmichael is wounded and Swan promises to love Chamalis if he will allow Carmichael to leave on the ship. He agrees, and then, as she's crying, he sends her away too, just as the vigilantes come for him, and she runs up the gangplank. A noble act from an unexpected quarter produces a happy ending. There are some interesting sub-themes: freedom of the press—Chamalis suppresses it—and vigilantism spun positively as a law-and-order answer to crime. Hopkins is exceedingly pretty, especially about the eyes, which are curiously shaped and inclined to twinkle. Her acting is acceptable; oddly, she does the hard gambling woman better than the melting woman in love. McCrea is his usual dependable self, tall, pleasant, cast as the knowing innocent. Walter Brennan does a turn as "Old Atrocity," an utterly amoral but amusing hanger-on. The surprise is Robinson, who dresses like an early 19th-century Italian dandy with curly hair and long sideburns and an ear-ring. He's ruthless enough, and even though he slips easily into his gangster accents, he pulls off the small town tyrant beautifully. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review kevin w Miriam Hopkins as the only white woman in San Francisco's rough and tumble Barbary Coast, arriving at the peak of the gold rush, the 1890s, which is to say she's pretty hot property. All's good with ruthless local baron Eddie G. Robinson until Joel McCrea arrives in town, quoting poetry and acting all noble - will he want her when he finds out about her tawdry past with Eddie G.? It's nice world-building that settles you into his tale's time and place. Only Joel McCrea stumbles in trying to portray an urban gent when he'll always be the boy next door, which takes some of the spike out of the punch. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Proof that SF has always been home to plutocratic racketeers who use pleasure to oppress. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Forced to remain in San Francisco after the murder of her fiancé, Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins) takes a job in the saloon of powerful Louis Chamalis (Edward G. Robinson), the man responsible for the death of her intended. One afternoon while riding, Mary meets Easterner Jim Carmichael (Joel McCrea) and, attracted to him, pretends that she is a lady. Later at the saloon, Jim learns otherwise -- and despite losing all his money gambling, he remains at the saloon to pursue Mary.
      Director
      Howard Hawks
      Producer
      Samuel Goldwyn
      Screenwriter
      Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht
      Production Co
      Samuel Goldwyn Company
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 13, 1935, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 14, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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