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The San Francisco Story (1952)

Passed | | Western | 17 May 1952 (USA)
In 1856, San Francisco is the scene of political battles between criminal organizations led by corrupt politicians and Vigilantes Committees formed by honest citizens.

Director:

Robert Parrish

Writers:

Richard Summers (novel), D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Rick Nelson
Yvonne De Carlo ... Adelaide McCall
Sidney Blackmer ... Andrew Cain
Richard Erdman ... Shorty
Florence Bates ... Sadie
Onslow Stevens ... Capt. Jim Martin
John Raven John Raven ... Lessing
O.Z. Whitehead ... Alfey
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Winfield Holbert (as Ralph E. Dumke)
Robert Foulk ... Thompson
Lane Chandler ... Morton
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Storyline

In the 1850s San Francisco newspaper editor Jim Martin seeks the help of wealthy miner Rick Nelson in ousting crooked politician Andrew Cain. Cain's girlfriend Adelaide falls in love with Rick. Rick and the bad guy shoot it out with shotguns on horseback. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de San Francisco See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The typical baddie trying to control the west.
18 July 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The only real positive distinction this movie has is Joel McCrea in the lead. He was terrific in westerns and he's very good in the this one. However, the plot is not great. 95% of all westerns basically boil down to 3 or 4 plots...and this one has the big baddie who is trying to take over the new state of California. Yep, Andrew Cain is yet ANOTHER big greedy baddie...a plot seriously overused in westerns. And, not surprisingly, there is a hot babe who comes between the two men (Yvonne DeCarlo).

While the acting is good an makes up for the dullness of the plot, there is something that retired history teachers would not like about this film--the highly inaccurate details. The guns are all circa 1870s and the set clearly is a typical western set--but it's supposed to be San Franciso in the 1850s. Hand guns were almost never revolvers and very few folks in the town would have been walking about in cowboy apparel. After all, by then it was an up and coming coastal city...not Deadwood or some other western locale.

So is this one worth seeing? Well, possibly. McCrea is great...he almost always is. But the plot might be too familiar and you need to look past the fact that it's not at all historically accurate.


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