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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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The slashing-seething-sizzling daddy of all thrill dramas! Here she comes- straight and hot from South of the Slot- frisco Arlene- Queen Cobra of the Golden Gate- A thrill-mad debutante headed for hades with half of Frisco at her heels. (Print Ad- Gowanda Enterprise, ((Gowanda, NY)) 18 October 1934) See more »


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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

According to a biography of Bette Davis, she wanted the part of Mildred in Of Human Bondage (1934), so she took this role to be co-operative with studio boss Jack L. Warner. It worked, and Davis was loaned out to RKO for the film that made her a star. And, when Jack Warner heard about her performance, he elevated Davis to top billing in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Joe the newspaper editor nudges Tony toward the desk, his hand is on Tony's arm. But on the next immediate cut, Joe now has his hand on Tony's back. See more »

Quotes

Tony Sterling: [to Izzy seeing other reporters on the scene before them] Look! Those buzzards beat us to it!
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Featured in All About Bette (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

How Do I Know It's Sunday?
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Played by the band for Arlene when she arrives at the nightclub
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Best murder mystery of its time
16 November 2012 | by westerfieldSee all my reviews

Look up lists of best murder mysteries and only three pre-1940 films appear: Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Thin Man. Both Morgue and Thin Man really stretch the point. There's no mystery in the former and the latter is really a comedy. It's not surprising that early films fail to make the list; they are infrequently seen. And when they are, modern sensibilities make them seem too old fashioned to rate high marks.

Fog Over Frisco is a forgotten gem that deserves to be high on anyone's list. It takes over from the early Philo Vance films in complexity and adds original twists, tension and action. The Warner Brothers stock company players are uniformly good but Bette Davis is amazing. The film doesn't follow a standard mystery format and avoids most of the clichés found in such films. It is fresh, exiting and original. Fog Over Frisco is far and away the best of its kind made up to its time (1934) and perhaps through the entire 1930s.


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