Frisco Kid (1935)
James Cagney, San Francisco's Barbary Coast, coins in trays
The 1935 Warner Brothers film "Frisco Kid" is set in San Francisco in 1854 during the California Gold Rush.
James Cagney arrives in the city and becomes a businessman in the city's infamous Barbary Coast vice district.
Coincidentally, the first San Francisco Mint was opened in 1854, conveniently located in the Barbary Coast.
ship captains who need sailors is part of the story.
SAN FRANCISCO 1854 --
A fantastic city swarming with miners, gamblers, renegades, and with those pioneers who were builders.
A port crowded with abandoned ships where shanghaing was the only means of getting a crew.
A seven-hilled metropolis on whose north shore flourished the infamous Barbary Coast.
A three-block section that earned San Francisco the name of the "wickedest city in the world".
James Cagney is Bat Morgan, who arrives in San Francisco on a ship.
He fights off a "shanghai" kidnapper and heads for the Barbary Coast.
2. Bat Morgan at a Barbary Coast establishment
He sees the piles of gold money.
3. Money on the table
This film features many prop coins which have turned up in other films.
Some imitate the "Barber" style of coins and some are copies of Spanish eight reales coins.
The "spread eagle on a stick" reverse is also quite common.
Bat becomes a celebrity by killing "Shanghai Duck", a local bully, in a fight.
4. Jean and Charles
Charles is using his newspaper to campaign to rid the city of vice and violence.
Belle is the club's hostess and Paul's lady friend.
5. Belle, Paul, and Bat at work
Paul's Chinese employee weighs gold dust sometimes received direct from miners.
6. Counting the money
Another huge pile of prop coins.
He goes to see James Daley, a city political big man, and makes a deal with him.
Later James visits Bat at his office to collect his money.
7. James Daley visits Bat at his office
Bat has met Jean and has started seeing her.
8. Bat and Jean
Bat proposes marriage but Jean, who is from the city's society, will not marry a "vice lord".
James Daley gets into an argument with editor Charles Ford and shoots him.
9. Vigilante meeting
The "Vigilantes" hang Paul Morra and James Daley for their crimes.
They capture Bat Morgan and intend to hang him too.
10. Bat, Jean, and Vigilante leader
Jean Barrat appeals to the Vigilante committee to spare Bat as he stopped a battle between Vigilantes
and Barbary Coast workers which would have killed many men and burned down the city.
James Cagney as Bat Morgan
Margaret Lindsay as Jean Barrat
Ricardo Cortez as Paul Morra
Lili Damita as Belle
Donald Woods as Charles Ford
Writers: Warren Duff and Seton I. Miller