Barbary Coast

Barbary Coast

Howard Hawks (1935)

A Certificate


Our Score
This rowdy action drama, directed by Howard Hawks, was nominally scripted by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, who wrote The Front Page as well as Hawks's earlier masterpiece Scarface. But Hawks rewrote the script and Hecht and MacArthur wanted their names taken off the credits. Miriam Hopkins plays a gold-digger who arrives in San Francisco intending to marry a rich man but when she discovers he's dead, she switches her affections to crime boss Edward G Robinson. Then Joel McCrea shows up and confuses the issue. Sharp performances make this an enjoyable romp, which was significant for making a star out of Walter Brennan.


A nightclub owner and a prospector compete for the charms of a dancer in late-19th century San Francisco. Melodrama, starring Miriam Hopkins, Edward G Robinson and Brian Donlevy. Directed by Howard Hawks.

Cast & Crew

Mary Rutledge Miriam Hopkins
Louis Charnalis Edward G Robinson
James Carmichael Joel McCrea
Old Atrocity Walter Brennan
Colonel Marcus Frank Craven
Knuckles Brian Donlevy
Oakie Clyde Cook
Slocum Harry Carey
Broncho Matt McHugh
Peebles Otto Hoffman
Wigham Rollo Lloyd
Judge Harper J M Kerrigan
Director Howard Hawks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video