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Fog Over Frisco (1934)

The lifestyles of Arlene and Valkyr Bradford, half-sisters from a respected San Francisco family, diverge markedly as Arlene takes up with criminals.

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William Dieterle

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Robert N. Lee (screen play), George Dyer (based on a story by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Arlene Bradford
Donald Woods ... Tony Sterling
Margaret Lindsay ... Valkyr Bradford
Lyle Talbot ... Spencer Carleton
Hugh Herbert ... Izzy Wright
Arthur Byron ... Everett Bradford
Robert Barrat ... Thorne
Henry O'Neill ... Porter
Irving Pichel ... Jake Bello
Douglass Dumbrille ... Mayard (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Alan Hale ... 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:

Dimma över Frisco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Butcher Town is an industrial neighborhood in San Francisco that historically housed the city's slaughterhouses. It is one of the few remaining industrial sectors of San Francisco. Islais Creek flows through Butcher Town and a draw bridge allows traffic on heavily traveled Third Street to cross it with a minimum of interruption. It was first built in 1915 (the one referred to in this film) and replaced in 1945. See more »

Quotes

Tony Sterling: [to Izzy seeing other reporters on the scene before them] Look! Those mothers beat us to it!
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Soundtracks

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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So . . . What Gives?
15 April 2002 | by baker845See all my reviews

Considering the reputations and historicity of Bette Davis and Michael Curtiz, why hasn't anyone issued this marvelously little fast-paced film on video? Davis is lightning-sharp as wicked Arlene, and Margaret Lindsay was an interesting early Warners player. I understand that Jack Warner, in the early days of the talkies, used this film to demonstrate what a director could accomplish with a tight budget and filmic expertise.


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