Law of the Barbary Coast


1h 5m 1949

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 21, 1949
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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. 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.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 21, 1949
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 5m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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