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The Barbary Coast (1935)

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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

Mar 8, 2005

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Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur hammer out a bouncing melodrama of San Francisco's sin and salad days in Barbary Coast.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A wide-open San Francisco, circa 1890, is the background for one of Howard Hawks's intelligent love triangles.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's an entertaining but lesser Hawks film, too conventional in its storytelling to kick up any dust.

July 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Any self-respecting San Franciscan needs to give Barbary Coast a spin.

May 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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The primitive San Francisco is imbued with a lusty spirit, comprised of mud in the streets, tinkly pianos and crooked card games.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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...surely this must be the only film to ever feature a climactic rowboat chase...

March 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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You can't go far wrong with Miriam Hopkins, Eddie G. and Howard Hawks.

August 18, 2004
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Audience Reviews for The Barbary Coast

A bit heavy on the ham in a couple of places but entertaining nontheless, Edward G. is fine as always although he should have rethought the earring. He and Miriam are a fine pair even though he despised her offscreen.
July 2, 2008
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