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Barbary Coast (1935)




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This film, set in San Francisco in the late 1800s, focuses on an outrageous nightclub owner and his efforts at wooing lovely Mary Rutledge, an Eastern lass left to her own devices in the rowdy port city. The lamblike babe loses that innocence when she becomes a kept lady.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


Edward G. Robinson
as Luis Chamalis
Miriam Hopkins
as Mary 'Swan' Rutledge
Joel McCrea
as Jim Carmichael
Walter Brennan
as Old Atrocity
Frank Craven
as Col. Marcus Aurelius...
Brian Donlevy
as Knuckles
Matt McHugh
as Broncho
Otto Hoffman
as Peebles
J.M. Kerrigan
as Judge Harper
Donald Meek
as McTavish
Roger Gray
as Sandy Ferguson
Wong Chung
as Ah Wing
Russ Powell
as Sheriff
Fredrik Vogeding
as Ship's Captain
Dave Wengren
as 1st Mate
Anders Van Haden
as McCready, 2nd Mate
Harry Semels
as Lookout
Bert Sprotte
as Passenger
Claude Payton
as Passenger
Frank Benson
as Passenger
Bob Stevenson
as Passenger
David Niven
as Sailor Thrown Out of...
Victor Potel
as Wilkins
Patricia Farley
as Dance Hall Girl
Hank Mann
as Waiter
Doc Wilson
as Waiter
Anders VanHaden
as McCready, 2nd Mate
Ethel Wales
as Mayor's Wife
Herman Bing
as Fish Peddler
Kit Guard
as Kibitzer
Jim Thorpe
as Indian
Tom London
as Ringsider
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Critic Reviews for Barbary Coast

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A wide-open San Francisco, circa 1890, is the background for one of Howard Hawks's intelligent love triangles.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's an entertaining but lesser Hawks film, too conventional in its storytelling to kick up any dust.

Full Review… | July 12, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Any self-respecting San Franciscan needs to give Barbary Coast a spin.

Full Review… | May 18, 2006

Audience Reviews for 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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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