Barbary Coast

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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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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Edward G Robinson and his chief minion Brian Donlevy in 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’s minion and bodyguard Brian Donlevy thwarts an ax attack in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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Edward G Robinson in fancy dress, Wong Chung and Brian Donlevy in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).    Everybody Wong Chung tonight?

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Edward G Robinson with his minion Brian Donlevy in a screencap from Barbary Coast (1935)

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Brian Donlevy looks over the shoulder of boss Edward G Robinson in an original publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935).

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A crowd of observers, including Brian Donlevy and Walter Brennan, watch the interaction between Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in EG’s hotel and casino in Barbary Coast (1935)

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The four male stars assemble in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935)

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Edward G Robinson with Brian Donlevy as his gopher minion Knuckles in a screencap from Barbary Coast (1935)

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A crowd including Brian Donlevy and Walter Brennan gathers around Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in Ed’s San Francisco casino in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935).

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Edward G Robinson watches over Miriam Hopkins in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935) with Brian Donlevy and Walter Brennan among the crowd

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Brian Donlevy looks over the right shoulder of casino owner Edward G Robinson in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935).