Tiger Shark

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Zita Johann and Edward G Robinson in a publicity still for Tiger Shark (1932)

Barbary Coast

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Miriam Hopkins and Edward G Robinson in Barbary Coast (1935), one of two films Hawks made for independent producer Samuel Goldwyn.  Come and Get It (1936) is also one of Hawks’ better films of the 30s.  Both are just a notch below Hawks’ more widely known masterpieces.

Barbary Coast

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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935),  the only screen couple in Howard Hawks’ filmography that didn’t get along off screen.

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Edward G Robinson and Miriam Hopkins in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935) and in snazzy turn of the century costumes by Omar Kiam.

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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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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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Edward G Robinson makes a point in a re-release publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935), retitled Port of Wickedness in 1954.

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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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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)