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Though largely forgotten in the 21st century, Miriam Hopkins was one of the biggest stars of the 30s, and she was largely responsible for Barbary Coast (1935) being one of the biggest hits of 1935, and Howard Hawks’ first blockbuster success.

 

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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935)

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wood block for printing press Barbary Coast (1935) ad.  Interesting that  Brian Donlevy gets top billing with no mention of the film’s star Edward G Robinson.

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Even in the 1930’s Walter Brennan was playing grizzled old men, seen here as Old Atrocity in Barbary Coast (1935).  It was the first of six films he made with Howard Hawks, and his archetypical character.

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original Barbary Coast (1935) pressbook

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Barbary Coast (1935) was retitled Port of Wickedness for the 1954 re-release.

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Miriam Hopkins, new in town, gets a job in Edward G Robinson’s turn of the century casino in Barbary Coast (1935).

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Walter Brennan as Old Atrocity is one of many lechers hovering over new gal in town Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935).

 

 

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original 1935 theater flyer for Barbary Coast, which premiered Oct 13, 1935.  The second feature, Hot Tip, is long forgotten.

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Howard Hawks on the set of Barbary Coast (1935) with Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins.  This was the first of four films he made with independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.

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Miriam Hopkins as Mary Rutledge, nicknamed Swan, in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).  Miriam was born in Savannah, Georgia and had 53 acting credits in her career, from a 1928 short to 1970.  Miriam was one of the biggest stars of the 30s, with numerous box office hits of the day.  Her highlights include Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1932), Trouble in Paradise, The Story of Temple Drake, Design for Living, Beck Sharp (the first three strip Technicolor feature, in 1935), These Three, The Old Maid, Virginia City, Old Acquaintance, and The Heiress.

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Miriam Hopkins arrives in town to some bad news in Barbary Coast (1935).

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Joel McCrae romances Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935).

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Miriam Hopkins is in danger in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).