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56 Ratings

Barbary Coast

United States, 1935
Drama, Western, Adventure


Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis’ Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in love with miner Carmichael and takes his gold dust at the wheel.

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Barbary Coast Directed by Howard Hawks, William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1936 | Nominee: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Soon after the censorious Hays Code kicked in, Howard Hawks gleefully flouted it in his uncharacteristically sentimental urban Western, from 1935… Hawks reserves his directorial delight for his portrayal of Mary as a kept woman who pays no moralistic price for her sexual concessions, and for a supporting character whose rowdy exuberance is one of the director’s finest inventions—Old Atrocity, a hustler, cadger, and swindler, a virtual ambulance chaser of grifting.
April 15, 2015
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