Barbary Coast (1935)

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    • Barbary Coast (1935)




      Plot Summary
      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

      Miriam Hopkins ... Mary 'Swan' Rutledge
      Edward G. Robinson ... Luis Chamalis
      Joel McCrea ... Jim Carmichael
      Walter Brennan ... Old Atrocity
      Frank Craven ... Col. Marcus Aurelius Cobb
      Brian Donlevy ... Knuckles Jacoby
      Clyde Cook ... Oakie
      Harry Carey ... Jed Slocum
      Matt McHugh ... Broncho
      Donald Meek ... Sawbuck McTavish
      Rollo Lloyd ... Wigham
      J.M. Kerrigan ... Judge Harper
      Roger Gray ... Sandy Ferguson
      David Niven ... Cockney Sailor Thrown Out of Saloon (uncredited)
      Jack Pennick ... Miner Chasing Chinese Man (uncredited)
      Hank Worden ... Barfly / Townsman (uncredited)
      and many more...

      Howard Hawks
      William Wyler ... (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Edward Chodorov ... (uncredited)
      Ben Hecht
      Stephen Longstreet ... (uncredited)
      Charles MacArthur

      Samuel Goldwyn ... producer

      Alfred Newman ... (uncredited)

      Ray June

      Joel McCrea's role was initially intended for Gary Cooper,

      There were constant struggles between Miriam Hopkins and Edward G. Robinson during the shooting of the movie. She constantly changed her lines and tried to upstage and unsettle Robinson's performance. After two weeks they had to shoot a scene where Robinson had to slap his co-star. He did just that, but put such force in it that she fell to the ground. After a pause the crew began to cheer, fed up as they were with Hopkins' antics.

      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.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Samuel Goldwyn Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA (studio)
      San Francisco, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

      Barbary Coast
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Barbary Coast (1935)

      Barbary Coast is a 1935 American historical drama film directed by Howard Hawks.
      Shot in black-and-white and set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era,
      the film combines elements of crime, Western, melodrama and adventure genres,
      features a wide range of actors, from good-guy
      Joel McCrea to bad-boy Edward G. Robinson,
      and stars Miriam Hopkins
      in the leading role as Mary 'Swan' Rutledge.
      In an early, uncredited appearance, David Niven
      can be spotted playing a drunken sailor being thrown out of a bar.

      The film is based on the bestseller The Barbary Coast (1933) by Herbert Asbury.
      When the first draft of the script was submitted to Joseph Breen, he commented to Samuel Goldwyn that "The whole flavor of the story is one of sordidness, and low-tone morality."

      After months of revisions by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, the story changed from a story of an area of San Francisco where men came to find pleasure in drinking, prostitution, and gambling, to a love story. Breen commented to Will Hays that it was now a love story "between a fine, clean girl" and a sentimental young man and that there was "no sex, no unpleasant details of prostitution" and contains "full, and completely compensating, value [...] the finest and most intelligent picture I have seen in many months".

      The New York Times's Andre Sennwald found the film entertaining.
      Time felt it was "painfully uninspired".Scholastic, a magazine for youth recommended the film for its "authentic background and characters of the days of gold-discovery". Newsweek complained that the plot from the original book was thrown away. Canadian Magazine assured Canadians that the film had "nothing to do with the cheap, tawdry 'coast' " from the novel. Chicago threatened to ban the film. Goldwyn edited a few scenes and the film was allowed to be exhibited there. The Chicago Legion of Decency condemned Barbary Coast. The Bishop of Los Angeles, John Cantwell, saw the movie with four other priests and enjoyed it; none found it immoral.

      Writing for The Spectator in 1935, Graham Greene declared the film a triumphant success,
      describing it as "melodrama of the neatest, most expert kind, well directed, well acted and well written".
      Despite the film's use of what Greene regarded as a conventional plot, he lauded the "fresh and interesting"
      use of flawed characters to "make something real out of the hocus-pocus"

      A few Duke 'Pals'
      to look out for, if you can spot them
      Walter Brennan, Brian Donlevy, Harry Carey
      Donald Meek, Jack Pennick, Hank Worden

      User Review

      It's a master class of Howard Hawks
      9 June 2012 | by psagray (Spain)In 1849, the discovery of gold in California triggered an intense wave of immigration. Thousands of adventurers cross the Rocky Mountains to reach the Pacific coast, attracted mainly by the city of San Francisco.

      psa wrote:

      "Barbary Coast" is another master class in film directing master's Hawks a cast led by Edward G. Robinson, Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea, with luxury side like Walter Brennan.

      It was directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler and starring in the leading roles by Edward G. Robinson and Miriam Hopkins. Edward G. Robinson makes one of his great interpretations of character bad guy and as we see actor Walter Brennan, surprisingly with the same appearance as in "Rio Bravo" (1959) and equally good job.

      A film with narrative pace, with characters well defined, with superb performances, with economy of means, with a perfect picture.

      The film is very entertaining though it is among the best of Howard Hawks.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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