San Francisco Docks


1h 6m 1941

Brief Synopsis

Longshoreman Johnny Barnes is in love with Kitty Tracy, barmaid at her father's waterfront saloon. Johnny is arrested for murder. Kitty and Father Cameron locate Frances March, wife of the real murderer (Alcatraz escapee Monte March) which leads to a fight between the two women and then between the priest and the murderer.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 10, 1941
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 26 Dec 1940
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Johnny Barnes, a youthful San Francisco longshoreman, is asking for trouble when he beats up Bill Cassidy, a crooked politician who has been annoying Johnny's girl, Kitty Tracy. Later that night, Cassidy is found murdered, and Johnny is arrested for the crime. Although Kitty, her father, Admiral Andy, and Father Mike Cameron, the waterfront priest, believe that Johnny is innocent, all evidence points to his guilt. Johnny's alibi that he was at Pier Seven watching a tugboat being repaired is discredited by the police when they prove that the pier has been long closed. Following a clue discovered by Admiral Andy, Kitty finds the boat and its captain, Bob Collins, who refuses to testify. Collins refuses to talk because on the night of the murder, he had damaged his boat while helping convicted criminal Monte March escape from Alcatraz Prison. March, the real killer, is hiding out in an apartment rented by his blonde wife Frances Claire. Desperate, Johnny breaks out of prison and is preparing to leave the country when Kitty finds him and insists on going with him. To prevent her from being implicated, Johnny surrenders to the police and, after a quick trial, is sentenced to death. Refusing to give up hope, Kitty and Admiral Andy tail Frances to a beauty parlor and follow her to the apartment where, after an extended battle, Kitty captures Frances and Johnny's waterfront pals overpower March and force him to confess. Thus exonerated of all guilt, Johnny returns home and is welcomed with a celebration in his honor.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 10, 1941
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 26 Dec 1940
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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