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Fog Over Frisco (1934)

Approved | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | 2 June 1934 (USA)
The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert N. Lee (screen play), George Dyer (based on a story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Arlene Bradford
Donald Woods ... Tony Sterling
Margaret Lindsay ... Valkyr 'Val' Bradford
Lyle Talbot ... Spencer Carleton
Hugh Herbert ... Izzy Wright
Arthur Byron ... Everett Bradford
Robert Barrat ... Thorne
Henry O'Neill ... Oren Porter
Irving Pichel ... Jake Bello
Douglass Dumbrille ... Joshua Mayard (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Alan Hale ... Police Chief O'Malley
Gordon Westcott ... Joe Bello
Charles C. Wilson ... Detective Sgt. O'Hagen (as Charles Wilson)
Harold Minjir Harold Minjir ... Archie Van Ness
William Demarest ... Spike Smith
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Storyline

Arlene Bradford is the quintessential high society bad girl. She's spoiled by Everett Bradford, her indulgently wealthy San Francisco father, who's recently become totally disgusted by her irresponsible antics. She has little regard for the law and the company she keeps. She has her investment broker fiancé Spencer Carlton involved in a stolen bond racket and flirts with local gangster types including the notorious Jake Bellow. The senior Bradford becomes concerned when Arlene begins to involve her half-sister Valkyr in her shady and highly dangerous activities. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 June 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gentleman from San Francisco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Bill delivers the stolen bonds, he mentions "The Purple Mob". He is referencing the infamous Purple Gang, a predominately Jewish organized crime outfit in Detroit, Michigan that dominated that city's rackets. See more »

Quotes

Spike Smith: Say, Society, who's the gal dancing with Tony
Archie Van Ness: She's the only real Bradford daughter. Arlene's her stepsister.
Spike Smith: Say, she must be respectable. I've never seen her before.
Archie Van Ness: Say,I've picked Arlene off the blotter for everything from speeding to being picked up in Chinatown raids.
Izzy Wright: Oh, that I were young.
Archie Van Ness: And old Bradford's got more millions than there were Indians out here when her family landed.
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Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by request by the nightclub band and as background music
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A complicated mystery thriller needing more than one viewing to fully understand.
21 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

This film is so rapidly paced that some of the action flew by me too fast to fully understand, although some of the confusion was cleared up in the end. Director William Dieterle used fancy wipes rather than fade-outs and overlapping sound to speed the action along. I prefer a more leisurely pace to enable me to digest the material. Still, the ending was exciting with location shooting in San Francisco a big plus, and it's always enjoyable to watch Bette Davis, who had emerged as a big star by this time. Hugh Herbert provides very minimal comic relief as an inept photographer. I was reminded a bit by Hitchcock's film "Psycho (1960)," but you'll have to watch this film to see what I mean.


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