Law of the Barbary Coast (1949)

66 mins | Drama | 21 July 1949

Director:

Lew Landers

Producer:

Wallace MacDonald

Cinematographer:

Henry Freulich

Editor:

Henry Batista

Production Designer:

Harold MacArthur

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
Full page view
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
16 Jul 1949.
---
Daily Variety
14 Mar 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 49
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Jul 1949.
---
Variety
16 Mar 49
p. 11.
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 July 1949
Production Date:
26 July--4 August 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 March 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2160
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13342
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In the 1880s, District Attorney Michael Lodge is made responsible for cleaning up San Francisco's lawless Barbary Coast. One man, Johnson, is willing to testify against the ringleader, Alexis Borolof, but is assassinated before he can name him. Later, Wayne Adams gambles away all of his money in the El Dorado, a notorious dance hall and gambling house owned by Borolof. When Wayne noisily insists that the gambling tables are crooked, manager Phil Morton hustles him upstairs to Borolof's office. Borolof orders Wayne's murder and steals his expensive watch for himself. When Wayne's pretty sister Julie appeals to Michael for help, she is told that although Borolof is undoubtedly behind her brother's murder, there is no proof against him. Determined to find evidence of Borolof's involvement in Wayne's death, Julie poses as a dance hall girl and gets a job as an entertainer at the El Dorado. She reports frequently to Michael, and eventually, the two fall in love. Morton also becomes enamored of Julie, and she uses his interest in her to help obtain evidence against Borolof. To ensure Julie's loyalty, Borolof forces Julie to watch him drug Arnold, the man whom he ordered to kill Johnson. Julie then tries unsuccessfully to set Morton against Borolof. Instead Borolof gives Morton Wayne's watch to seal their friendship. One day, not knowing that Julie is Wayne's sister, Morton shows her the watch and explains that Borolof stole it from a man whom he had murdered. When Julie hurries to tell Michael about the watch, she is followed by Lita, one of the other El Dorado entertainers, who is in love with Morton. ... +


In the 1880s, District Attorney Michael Lodge is made responsible for cleaning up San Francisco's lawless Barbary Coast. One man, Johnson, is willing to testify against the ringleader, Alexis Borolof, but is assassinated before he can name him. Later, Wayne Adams gambles away all of his money in the El Dorado, a notorious dance hall and gambling house owned by Borolof. When Wayne noisily insists that the gambling tables are crooked, manager Phil Morton hustles him upstairs to Borolof's office. Borolof orders Wayne's murder and steals his expensive watch for himself. When Wayne's pretty sister Julie appeals to Michael for help, she is told that although Borolof is undoubtedly behind her brother's murder, there is no proof against him. Determined to find evidence of Borolof's involvement in Wayne's death, Julie poses as a dance hall girl and gets a job as an entertainer at the El Dorado. She reports frequently to Michael, and eventually, the two fall in love. Morton also becomes enamored of Julie, and she uses his interest in her to help obtain evidence against Borolof. To ensure Julie's loyalty, Borolof forces Julie to watch him drug Arnold, the man whom he ordered to kill Johnson. Julie then tries unsuccessfully to set Morton against Borolof. Instead Borolof gives Morton Wayne's watch to seal their friendship. One day, not knowing that Julie is Wayne's sister, Morton shows her the watch and explains that Borolof stole it from a man whom he had murdered. When Julie hurries to tell Michael about the watch, she is followed by Lita, one of the other El Dorado entertainers, who is in love with Morton. Lita overhears Julie's conversation with Michael and later exposes her to Morton and Borolof. Borolof then orders Morton to kill Julie, but as Morton is in love with her, he helps her escape. During the escape, Morton is killed, and Borolof is arrested. Thanks to the evidence that Julie has provided, Borolof is sentenced to be hanged. Julie and Michael vow never to forget Morton's sacrifice. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.