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Edward G Robinson grabs hold of Miriam Hopkins in publicity stills for Barbary Coast (1935).  Miriam was universally disliked for going full diva on the set so there were no complaints if Edward grabbed Miriam a little too tight.

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all eyes are on casino owner Edward G Robinson, including Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan and Miriam Hopkins (the only person not giving him eye contact) in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).  The original screenplay was  written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, who adapted their Broadway play, Twentieth Century, as a 1934 Howard Hawks production.  Ben also co-wrote Hawks’ Monkey Business (1952).

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Joel McCrae sports a  tri color serape in a lobby card for the 1954 re-release of Barbary Coast (1935) and in an original publicity still.

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foreign poster for Barbary Coast (1935).  Howard Hawks’ 18th film as a director premiered Oct 13, 1935.  It was the first of four films he made for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.

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Walter Brennan, Miriam Hopkins, Edward G Robinson and Joel McCrae in the San Francisco fog in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins and Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935), and the same image used to promote the film’s debut on on home video.

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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).  They are the only Howard Hawks romantic couple that did not get along on the set.

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Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).  He also wore an earring in his previous film with Howard Hawks, Tiger Shark (1932).

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Brian Donlevy, Edward G Robinson and Walter Brennan hover over Joel McCrae in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935)

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original presskit for Barbary Coast (1935)

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Walter Brennan often played the sidekick, seen here with Joel McCrae in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Edward G Robinson and his chief minion Brian Donlevy in Barbary Coast (1935).

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Miriam Hopkins as Swan wearing a turn of the century Omar Kiam costume in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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Edward G Robinson is an angry boss with a watchful eye toward Brian Donlevy in a screencap from Barbary Coast (1935)

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