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Frisco Kid (1935)





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Clearly inspired by the success of Goldwyn's Barbary Coast, Warner Bros.' The Frisco Kid stars James Cagney as turn-of-the-century opportunist Bat Morgan. Heading to the gold fields of California, Bat is almost shanghaied in San Francisco but manages not only to escape his would-be captors but also to kill the infamous crime lord Shanghai Duck (Fred Kohler Sr.). The grateful citizens enable Bat to rise to wealth and power on the Barbary Coast. But he's less lucky in love, and it is his seemingly hopeless fascination with Nob Hill debutante Jean Barrat (Margaret Lindsay) that may well bring about Bat's downfall. The film is a festival of cliches, occasionally enlivened by barroom brawls and rowdy musical numbers. Featured as extras in Frisco Kid were several stars and directors of the silent era, a "generous" gesture made by Warner Bros. partly to stave off the inevitability of unionized actors.

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James Cagney
as Bat Morgan
Margaret Lindsay
as Jean Barrat
Ricardo Cortez
as Paul Morra
Lili Damita
as Belle Morra
Donald Woods
as Charles Ford
Barton MacLane
as Spider Burke
Addison Richards
as William T. Coleman
Joe King
as James Daley
Robert McWade
as Judge Crawford
Joseph Crehan
as McClanahan
Joe Sawyer
as Slugs Crippen
Fred Kohler
as Shanghai Duck
Claudia Coleman
as Jumping Whale
John Wray
as The Weasel
William Wagner
as Evangelist
Jack Curtis
as Captain
Milton Kibbee
as Shop Man
Harry Seymour
as Salesman
Alan Davis
as Young Drunk
Mrs. Wilfred North
as Mrs. Crawford
Wilfred Lucas
as First Policeman
Ivar McFadden
as First Lookout
Lew Harvey
as Dealer
Eddie Sturgis
as Rat Face
William Desmond
as Captain/Vigilante
Lee Phelps
as Second Lookout
Edward Keane
as Contractor
Dick Rush
as Vigilante Leader
Wilfred North
as Mrs. Crawford
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Critic Reviews for Frisco Kid

All Critics (3)

The direction and writing of the film are hardly distinguished, but there are numerous able performances.

November 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The Warner Bro. picture is tougher and richer than Barbary Coast, as the sophisticated veneer which Hecht-MacArthur spread over the Goldwyn epic scarcely suited the subject.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Frisco Kid, starring James Cagney, is one remove from being an effective and original story; the one remove being Barbary Coast, which had used up practically all the dramatic material in advance.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frisco Kid

Cagney is dynamic as ever but those two cinematic black holes Margaret Lindsay and Donald Woods stop the film dead in its tracks whenever they appear in a scene.

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