The Barbary Coast
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur hammer out a bouncing melodrama of San Francisco's sin and salad days in Barbary Coast."
‑ Andre Sennwald, New York Times
"Any self-respecting San Franciscan needs to give Barbary Coast a spin."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"You can't go far wrong with Miriam Hopkins, Eddie G. and Howard Hawks."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A wide-open San Francisco, circa 1890, is the background for one of Howard Hawks's intelligent love triangles."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The primitive San Francisco is imbued with a lusty spirit, comprised of mud in the streets, tinkly pianos and crooked card games."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's an entertaining but lesser Hawks film, too conventional in its storytelling to kick up any dust."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...surely this must be the only film to ever feature a climactic rowboat chase..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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