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The San Francisco Story (1952)

Passed | | Western | 17 May 1952 (USA)
In 1856, San Francisco is the scene of political battles between criminal organizations led by corrupt politicians and Vigilantes Committees formed by honest citizens.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Richard Summers (novel), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Rick Nelson
Yvonne De Carlo ... Adelaide McCall
Sidney Blackmer ... Andrew Cain
Richard Erdman ... Shorty
Florence Bates ... Sadie
Onslow Stevens ... Capt. Jim Martin
John Raven John Raven ... Lessing
O.Z. Whitehead ... Alfey
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Winfield Holbert (as Ralph E. Dumke)
Robert Foulk ... Thompson
Lane Chandler ... Morton
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In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de San Francisco See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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All about Yvonne
26 June 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Arriving in the small 1856 western town of San Francisco, former vigilante and present miner Joel McCrea (as Rick Nelson) is invited to help root out corruption. Claiming he's only in town for a few days of rest and relaxation, Mr. McCrea declines. McCrea witnesses a well-staged hanging and checks out the lay of the land. Very soon, rest and relaxation appears in the form of alluring Yvonne De Carlo (as Adelaide "Addie" McCall). McCrea gives her a wink and we're off to the races. Trouble is, Ms. DeCarlo is attached to cigar-smoking power broker Sidney Blackmer (as Andrew Cain). This crook is about to install himself a US Senator. McCrea becomes involved with Ms. De Carlo, of course, although she may come with a price...

An old hand at this, McCrea is reliable albeit mechanical; the blocking shows. While she never became a top-line actress, De Carlo really picks up the slack. She is very attractive, obviously, but also sells her character. When required to flash emotions, De Carlo is able to give the precise fraction necessary. This is a De Carlo movie. Best known for her campy 1960s "Lily Munster" TV character, De Carlo proves to be more than decorative, which was her usual lot as a movie star. Director Robert Parrish doesn't always get the best angles, but generally uses his resources well. In the Marie Dressler tradition, rum-soaked waterfront hag Florence Bates (as Sadie) is most memorable, and Richard Erdman (as Shorty) is a reliable sidekick.

****** The San Francisco Story (5/9/1952) Robert Parrish ~ Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Florence Bates, Sidney Blackmer


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