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Barbary Coast


Dir. Howard Hawks. 1935, 91 mins. 35mm archival print. With Miriam Hopkins, Edward G. Robinson, Joel McCrea. Mary Rutledge (Hopkins) arrives from the east, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis’s Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house, hoping to marry rich. The casino’s powerful, corrupt boss (Robinson) tries to win her by making her a star performer. Set in San Francisco during the Gold Rush era, this lusty, atmospheric film combines elements of crime, Western, melodrama and adventure genres.

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