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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins did not get along while filming Barbary Coast (1935), because of Miriam’s  diva antics.

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Barbary Coast premiered Oct 13, 1935 in New York City.

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Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for his second film with Howard Hawks, Barbary Coast (1935), after Tiger Shark (1932).  He wore one earring in both films,

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Frank Craven, Edward G Robinson and Brian Donlevy in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).

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costumes for Barbary Coast (1935) were by Omar Kiam.  Omar was born in Monterey, Mexico, and had 31 costume designer credits from 1934 to 1939.  He also did the costumes for another Howard Hawks film produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Come and Get It, as well as the first versions of Les Miserables (1935), A Star is Born (1937) and Wuthering Heights (1939).   He never even received an Oscar nomination.

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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins had a difficult relationship on and off the screen in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Edward G Robinson takes hold of Walter Brennan in Barbary Coast (1935), Walter’s first of six films with Howard Hawks.

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Joel McCrae provides a temporary respite for Miriam Hopkins somewhere near Daly City in a foreign publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins and Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935), with an excellent Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur script.  They had previously adapted their hit Broadway play for Howard Hawks’ first sound era comedy, Twentieth Century (1934).

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Edward G Robinson as Luis Chamalis, a powerful San Francisco businessman in Barbary Coast (1935).  He’s ready to party like its 1899.

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In 1935, one theater offered Howard Hawks’ epic Barbary Coast as a special Christmas show.  Is there a better way to spend part of the day?

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Edward G Robinson in a reissue publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935), renamed so not to be confused with other movies with Barbary Coast in the title.

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Joel McCrae, Miriam Hopkins and Walter Brennan in Barbary Coast (1935)

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

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action inside Edward G Robinson’s San Francisco gambling hall, Bella Donna, in Barbary Coast (1935)