Barbary Coast

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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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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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 and Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins and Edward G Robinson in a screencap from Barbary Coast (1935), one of Howard Hawks’ better films of the 30s, thanks to a first rate Ben Hecht script, top notch acting, and rich production values….And it’s not even in Hawks’ Top 10 best films.

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Joel McCrae and Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935)

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crowd scene surrounding Miriam Hopkins in Barbary Coast (1935) with Walter Brennan on the far rightl

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Miriam Hopkins as Swan in a publicity still for Barbary Coast (1935)

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All eyes, including Walter Brennan and Miriam Hopkins are on Edward G Robinson in a crowd scene from Barbary Coast (1935)

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Miriam Hopkins gets a job behind the roulette wheel in Barbary Coast (1935)

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

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Bets are on the table as Miriam Hopkins oversees the roulette wheel spin in which Donald Meek is a big loser in a scene from Barbary Coast (1935).

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Publicity still for Splendor, released in Nov 1935.  A month earlier Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrae starred in another film for producer Samuel Goldwyn, Barbary Coast.  They made five films together 1934-37.