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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)

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printing press master for Barbary Coast (1935)

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The back of this 1935 publicity still reads

84.  Edward G Robinson, (Louis Chamalis), “owner” of San Francisco and operator of its famous Bella Donna gambling hall, asks Miriam Hopkins, who plays the part of “Swan,” the only woman gambler in the city, why she repulses his attentions and why she cannot love him.   Miss Hopkins is wearing a dashing riding habit of early day California designed for her by Omar Kiam, Samuel Goldwyn’s noted costume desigmer.

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Joel McCrae as sensitive San Francisco poet Jim Carmichael in an original publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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The back of this  1935 publicity still reads

Loathing her job as a “come-on” girl and operator of the gambling tables of the notorious Bella Donna Café, Miriam Hopkins seizes every chance to get away from the place and the unwelcome advances of her employer to be with Joel McCrae, in a scene from Samuel Goldwyn’s “Barbary Coast,” a thrilling picturization of San Francisco’s most infamous neighborhood in the early ’90s.

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Miriam Hopkins finds shelter with Joel McCrae on the outskirts of San Francisco (Daly City?)  in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins arrives in the San Francisco fog as the new kid in town in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Walter Brennan as Old Atrocity in Barbary Coast (1935), even early in his career, Walt was playing grizzled old men.

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Joel McCrae and Walter Brennan in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935), the first of six films Walt made with Howard Hawks.

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Edward G Robinson in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins in an original publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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The back of this publicity still reads

226.  MOMENTARY ESCAPE:  On a wind-swept plane, high above San Francisco, the excitement and the frenzy of the Bella Donna gambling hall are temporarily forgotten by “The Swan” Miriam Hopkins as she meets the poetic young gold-miner Jim Carmichael (Joel McCrae) who fills her heart with joy at his protestations of love…a scene from Samuel Goldwyn’s “Barbary Coast” in which also appears Edward G Robinson as Louis Chamalis, king of the barbary coast.  Howard Hawks directs.