Barbary Coast (1935) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 lovers are discovered during a fateful tryst, they flee the evil Robinson, hoping to escape as stowaways aboard a departing ship. Robinson is magnificent in this ruffian role. This action-filled adventure is suitable for the whole family.

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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 Cobb
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 Saloon
Victor Potel
as Wilkins
Patricia Farley
as Dance Hall Girl
Hank Mann
as Waiter
Doc Wilson
as Waiter
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 (2)

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

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

With Miriam Hopkins as a gold digger of '49. Edward Robinson as the Boss of San Francisco, and both worth watching.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

With a subject like the Barbary Coast, we should have been given a lot more color and sin, and I, for one, feed grossly cheated.

May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

Engaging tale mixes romance, historical film, and anti-dictator, pro-Freedom of the Press points of view.

November 21, 2017 | Full Review…

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

July 12, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

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