Nob Hill


1h 35m 1945

Brief Synopsis

The owner of a San Francisco saloon yearns to rank among the upper crust of Nob Hill. When he begins romancing a wealthy socialite it looks like he may have his entree into high society. The pretty star of his saloon's show, however, wants to make sure he stays on the Barbary Coast.

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1945
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 13 Jun 1944; Los Angeles opening: 13 Jul 1945
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,922ft (11 reels)

Synopsis

In turn of the century San Francisco, Tony Angelo runs the Barbary Coast's most successful saloon, which features his sweetheart, singer Sally Templeton. One night, Tony is enjoying his duties as host when a young girl named Katie Flanagan arrives and asks for her uncle Pete. Katie, who has just gotten off a boat from Ireland, is devastated when Sally and Tony inform her that her uncle is dead, and becomes even more despondent when Tony decides to send her back to Ireland on the next boat. Upon hearing that Katie has no family left, Sally insists that she at least be allowed to stay the night. Tony acquiesces, and soon after, Katie's earnest charm wins his affections and convinces him to allow her to stay for a few months while the boat first journeys to Seattle. Katie happily settles into life at the Gold Coast, Tony's saloon, although she insists that Tony take her to church. Knowing that Katie is expecting a proper Catholic church, Sally instructs Tony to take her to the fancy church on Nob Hill. Although Katie is awed with its magnificent houses, Tony tries to explain to her that the snobbish Nob Hill residents do not mix with their kind. His words are disproven, however, by the friendliness of Harriet Carruthers, the beautiful socialite who made Katie's acquaintance on the boat. When Harriet brings her brother Lash, who is running for district attorney, to the Gold Coast, Sally grows uneasy about Harriet's attentions to Tony. Sally's fears deepen after Tony and Katie dine at Harriet's mansion and Katie tells Sally that Tony kissed Harriet. Tony brushes aside Sally's jealousy and announces that he is backing Lash in his election bid, despite the worries of his fellow saloon owners, who fear that Lash will close them down. Although Katie loves Sally, she approves of Tony's growing infatuation with Harriet, for she wants to live on Nob Hill. Harriet's overt flirtations drive Sally to work in another saloon, and Tony conceals the truth about her disappearance from Katie. Tony campaigns hard for Lash, and on the night Lash is elected, goes to the Carruthers mansion to celebrate. Tony's hopes for a life with Harriet are crushed, however, when Lash offers him a large sum of money for his help and Harriet states that while she is fond of him, their worlds will never mix. Dejected, Tony returns to the Gold Coast, where his former friends tell him that they will organize a boycott against him for his part in Lash's election. Tony sinks into a drunken despair and the saloon is soon closed. Katie tries to reach Sally, who refuses to listen to her, and in desperation, the child alerts Harriet about Tony's woes. Harriet then tells Sally that Tony needs her and warns her that if Sally does not return, she will forget her Nob Hill pride and stand by him herself. While Katie is gone, Tony's friends return and tell him that Lash has publicly acknowledged his help and vowed to close down only the corrupt parts of the Barbary Coast. Sally also returns and celebrates with Tony, but when the reunited couple goes up to Katie's bedroom to thank her for her interference, they discover that she has run away. Tony alerts the police, who begin a search that forces Katie into a scary adventure in Chinatown. When it seems that Katie has disappeared completely, Tony realizes that she must be at the vacant lot next to Harriet's house. He goes there with Sally, and they promise the overjoyed Katie that they will be a family forever.

Cast

George Raft

Tony Angelo

Joan Bennett

Harriet Carruthers

Vivian Blaine

Sally Templeton

Peggy Ann Garner

Katie Flanagan

Alan Reed

Dapper Jack Harrigan

B. S. Pully

Joe the bartender

Emil Coleman

Edgar Barrier

Lash Carruthers

Joe Smith

Singing waiter

Charles Dale

Singing waiter

George Anderson

Rafferty

Don Costello

Fighting bartender

Joseph J. Greene

Headwaiter

J. Farrell Macdonald

Cabby

The Three Swifts

William Haade

Big Tim

Beal Wong

High

George T. Lee

Low

Frank Mccown

Jose

Robert Greig

Patton, butler

Charles Cane

Chips Conlon

Helen O'hara

Showgirl

Dorothy Ford

Showgirl

Nestor Paiva

Luigi

Anita Bolster

Housekeeper

Jane Jones

Ruby

Otto Reichow

Swedish sailor

Sven Hugo Borg

Swedish sailor

George Blagoi

Swedish sailor

Mike Mazurki

Rafferty's fighter

Arthur Loft

Turner

Chick Chandler

Guide

Harry Shannon

Policeman

Tom P. Dillon

Policeman

Ralph Peters

Policeman

Brooks Hunt

Policeman

Harry Strang

Policeman

Edna Mae Jones

Dance hall girl

Virginia Walker

Slummer

Carol Andrews

Slummer

Susan Scott

Slummer

Harrison Greene

Slummer

Bill "red" Murphy

Sailor

Chief Thundercloud

Indian chief

Ralph Sanford

Politician

Arthur Thalasso

Politician

Edward Keane

Politician

George Lloyd

Politician

Sam Flint

Politician

Eddie Hart

Politician

George Leigh

Mr. Van Buren

Grandon Rhodes

Mr. Devereaux

Barbara Sears

Mrs. Devereaux

Merian Margie Davis

Mrs. Van Buren

Susanne Rosser

Girl

Jacqueline Huber

Girl

Forbes Murray

Mayor

Byron Foulger

Usher

Lillian Salvaneschi

Specialty dancer

Mario Salvaneschi

Specialty dancer

Robert Filmer

Bouncer

Fred Graham

Bouncer

Louis Bacigalupi

Bouncer

William Hunter

Bouncer

John Kelly

Bouncer

Vincent Graeff

Newsboy

Paul Graeff

Newsboy

Freddie Chapman

Newsboy

Irving Gump

Newsboy

Danny Hood

Newsboy

Danny Shaw

Newsboy

Gerald Mackey

Newsboy

Hugh Maguire

Newsboy

Eddie Nichols

Newsboy

Robert Ferrero

Newsboy

Joe Bernard

Printer

Paul Hurst

Stage doorman

George Reed

Black man

Earle Hodgins

Barker

Benson Fong

Chinese boy

Doria Caron

Madeleine, French maid

Larry Williams

Candidate

Olive Blakeney

Housekeeper

Bruce Wong

Chinese man

Eddie Lee

Chinese man

Marvin Davis

Boy

Mickey Mascari

Boy

David Polonsky

Boy

Ray Dolciame

Boy

Ronnie Pattison

Boy

Rudy Wissler

Boy

Claire Emery

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Darleen Garner

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Marie King

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Vicki Lang

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Virginia Lyndon

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Darlene Ottum

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Naomi Keene

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Mabel Boehlke

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Bonnadene Wolfe

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Evelyn Dewey

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Charlotte Dewey

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Ben Jade

Acrobatic specialty dancer

Priscilla White

Aerial acrobatic specialty

Tiny Kline

Aerial stunt performer

Sam Ash

Specialty singer

Freeman High

Specialty singer

Teri Toy

Chinese showgirl

Jean Wong

Chinese showgirl

Frank Orth

Lester Dorr

Harry Harvey Sr.

Julius Tannen

Will Stanton

Syd Saylor

Marshall Ruth

Alphonse Martell

Almira Sessions

Polly Bailey

Leila Mcintyre

Peter Michael

Gwen Donovan

Antonio Filauri

Jean De Briac

Lorraine Collier

Jane Hazard

Claire Rochelle

Mary Zavian

Crew

Harold Adamson

Composer

Ernest R. Ball

Composer

Vincent P. Bryan

Composer

Gene Buck

Composer

David Buttolph

Incidental Music

Nick Castle

Dances staged by

Maude Clague

Research Assistant

Edward Cronjager

Director of Photography

Henry Cronjager

2nd Camera

André Daven

Producer

Ida Emerson

Composer

W. D. Flick

Sound

Benson Fong

Chinese translations

George Graff Jr.

Composer

Gerald Graun

Assistant Director

Eleanore Griffin

From a story by

Roger Heman

Sound

Charles Henderson

Music Director

Hirshel Hendler

Composer

Mildred J. Hill

Composer

Patty Smith Hill

Composer

Louis A. Hirsch

Composer

Gertrude Hoffman

Composer

Callie Holden

Music coordinator

Joseph E. Howard

Composer

Renè Hubert

Costumes

Howard Johnson

Composer

Harmon Jones

Film Editor

Walter Jurmann

Composer

Gus Kahn

Composer

Natalie Kalmus

Technicolor Director

Bronislaw Kaper

Composer

R. A. Klune

Production Manager

Thomas Little

Set Decoration

Jack Mahoney

Composer

Joseph Mccarthy

Composer

Jimmy Mchugh

Composer

James V. Monaco

Composer

Richard Mueller

Associate (Color)

Emil Newman

Music Director

Ben Nye

Makeup Artist

Chauncey Olcott

Composer

Norman Reilly Raine

Screenwriter

Frances C. Richardson

Research Director

Peter Ritter

Composer

Gene Rose

Orchestra Arrangement

Walter M. Scott

Associate (Sets)

Fred Sersen

Special Photography Effects

J. R. Shannon

Composer

Russell Spencer

Art Director

Murray Spivack

Music mixer

Frank Tang

Technical Advisor

Wanda Tuchock

Screenwriter

Vinton Vernon

Music mixer

Henry Weinberger

Assistant Director

Percy Wenrich

Composer

Lyle Wheeler

Art Director

Joseph C. Wright

Music settings Designer by

Film Details

Release Date
Jul 1945
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 13 Jun 1944; Los Angeles opening: 13 Jul 1945
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8,922ft (11 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Eleanore Griffin's original story, which was titled "Crocus Hill," was purchased by Harry Sherman in 1943 for a United Artists release, according to a Film Daily news item. Sherman sold the rights to Twentieth Century-Fox in September 1943. Hollywood Reporter news items reveal the following about the production: Actors considered for the role of "Tony Angelo" included Brian Donlevy, Michael O'Shea, James Cagney and Fred MacMurray, and actresses considered for a leading role included Merle Oberon and Lynn Bari. Gregory Ratoff was originally set to direct the picture, and in late April 1944, he was scheduled to travel to New York to test theater actress Nancy Nugent for a part. Hollywood Reporter news items and studio press releases include the following actors and dancers in the film, although their participation in the completed picture has not been confirmed: Chester Conklin, Neal Hart, Jack Richardson, John Ince, Pat R. McGee, Elinor Troy, Carol Hartsook, Bess Flowers, John Merkyl, Dorothy Costello, Ruth Costello, Fred Steele, Red Shellac, Valerie Traxler, Evelyn Eager, and The Troupers, a dance group consisting of Jimmy Cross, Les Clark, Merrill Long and Jack Barnett. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection and Records of the Legal Department, both located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Henry Morgan was signed to play a character named "Goofy Gus," but that role does not appear in the completed film. Studio records and other contemporary sources also note that famed comedy team Joe Smith and Charlie Dale were scheduled to perform their well-known "Dr. Cronkhite" skit, with Veda Ann Borg performing as a nurse. Although Smith and Dale are in the picture, neither the skit nor Borg appears in the released film. Another skit, the "Hungarian Rhapsody," which was to feature the team and actors George E. Stone and George McKay, also was eliminated. Studio records reveal that the film's opening, during which singers and saloons on a Barbary Coast street are shown, is the same footage used to open the 1943 Twentieth Century-Fox film Hello Frisco, Hello. The legal files also note that William Rankin, the ex-husband of writer Eleanore Griffin, filed suit claiming that Griffin had plagiarized "Crocus Hill" from a story written by him. Rankin's attempt to obtain an injunction to prevent Twentieth Century-Fox from making the film was unsuccessful, although the disposition of his suit against Griffin and Harry Sherman is not known.