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Frisco Sal (1945)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Music | 23 February 1945 (USA)
Sal comes to the Barbary Coast from New England to find out who murdered her brother. She gets a job signing in Dude's saloon, falls in love with Dude, then wonders if he might be involved in the murder.


George Waggner


Curt Siodmak (original screenplay), Gerald Geraghty (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Susanna Foster ... Sally Warren
Turhan Bey ... Dude Forante
Alan Curtis ... Rio Jordan aka John Warren
Andy Devine ... Bunny
Thomas Gomez ... Police Capt. Dan Martin
Collette Lyons ... Mickey Finn
Samuel S. Hinds ... Doc
Fuzzy Knight ... Hallelujah
William E. Green William E. Green ... Billy (as Billy Green)
Ernie Adams ... McKinney
George Lloyd ... Judge
Bert Fiske Bert Fiske ... Eddie


Sally Warren (Susanna Foster) comes from Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Barbary Coast to find John Warren, her long-lost brother. The Barbary Coast is in turmoil, with saloon owner Dude Forante (Turhan Bey), and Rio Jordan (Alan Curtis), who runs a mission as a front for illegal activities, vying for the top spot. Forante wants the two to work together, but Jordan refuses. Sally gets a job singing at Forante's saloon and quickly becomes the star attraction. Sally receives a ring that belonged to her brother and takes it to police headquarters and convinces Police Captain Dan Martin (Thomas Gomez) to investigate. She and Martin go to Jordan for help. He claims that Fontaine, who Sally has fallen in love with, murdered Sally's brother and fabricates some incriminating evidence. Broken-hearted Sally plans to return to Cambridge, but showgirl Mickey (Collette Lyons) persuades her to stay. Sally confronts Forante, but he refuses to comment. At the mission, Sally finds evidence that Jordan... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

23 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frisco Kate See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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O Come All Ye Faithful
Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley (uncredited) and music by John Reading (uncredited)
Sung by Susanna Foster, Samuel S. Hindsand chorus
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Spirited Barbary Coast Antics with Cowboy Flair
11 September 2016 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Turhan Bey as "Dude"? Is this the same Turhan Bey that enriched all those exotic Technicolor adventures opposite Sabu and Maria Montez, the handsome Hungarian usually cast as Arabian? Indeed it's the same magnetic actor playing a peace-loving tavern owner who wants to bring harmony to the booze halls of the Barbary Coast, much to the annoyance of shifty Alan Curtis, who runs what is ostensibly a "mission" just down the street, a place rife with miscreants and ne'er-do-wells. Toss into the mix fresh-faced virginal vocalist Susanna Foster, fresh from the East and searching for her long-lost brother, and conflicts build, bolstered by roistering, ebullient turns by such Universal stalwarts as blustery Andy Devine and crafty Samuel S. Hinds.

Toss into the mix two extended bar-room brawls, plenty of unexpected sentiment and some classy singing, and what results is a Western in the spirits of Destry Rides Again--not quite in the same class, but nevertheless more entertaining than one might except and needing a really good DVD transfer. Go Turhan!

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