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San Francisco Story starring Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo
San Francisco Story starring Joel McCrea Yvonne De Carlo
Actors: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Blackmer, Onslow Stevens, John Doucette
Director: n/a
Genres: Westerns
NR     2009     1hr 20min

SAN FRANCISCO STORY! The California Gold Rush city of 1850's, San Francisco comes to life in this gripping western tale of love and law and order on the Barbary Coast. Starring: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Bla...  more »

     
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Actors: Joel McCrea, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Blackmer, Onslow Stevens, John Doucette
Director: n/a
Genres: Westerns
Sub-Genres: Westerns
Studio: Timeless Media Group
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 08/25/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1952
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1952
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The San Francisco Story
Andrew Mowatt | SCOTLAND | 10/28/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I enjoyed this film very much.I absolutely love westerns and this was no exception. Joel McCrea was excellent in the part he played. Not a film for the modern film buff but certainly from the 60's generation, a superb black & white movie!"
The San Francisco Story
Jack F. Renkert | 11/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Anything with Joel McCrea...or even his buddy,Randolph Scott is good entertainment.I miss their kind a lot.McCrea has so many more westerns not on dvd..I can't understand why not.Like CATTLE DRIVE..with DEAN STOCKWELL..a very good western.This one wasn't great..but it was entertainting.I liked it.Thankyou again. Jack Renkert"
Predictable But Entertaining Little Oater
Van T. Roberts | Columbus, Mississippi, USA | 03/22/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Before "Cry Danger" director Robert Parrish made his urban western outing "The San Francisco Story" with Joel McCrea and Yvonne DeCarlo, he won an Academy Award for Best Editing on the 1947 boxing movie "Body and Soul." During his twenty year career as a director, Parrish made variety of movies, among them gangster movies, World War II military movies, and westerns. "The San Francisco Story" evokes memories of the 1935 Howard Hawks' epic "Barbary Coast," but Parrish achieved more success with his tale about crime and corruption in the colorful city by the bay before California became a state. Clocking everything in at a short and snappy 80-minutes, Parrish and "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion" scenarist D.D. Beauchamp, along with an uncredited western writer William Bowers, adapted the Richard Summers story ""Vigilante" and delivered an above-average, often entertaining, but clearly predictable little western about empire building. Veteran western star Joel McCrea gets himself (as well as his stunt man) tangled up in several knuckle-bruising fistfights in this black & white Warner Brothers release when he isn't trying to kiss and cuddle with his attractive co-star. Yvonne DeCarlo and McCrea later encored as a couple in "Border River" in 1954.

The chief asset of "The San Francisco Story" is the villain that actor Sidney Blackmer, who made a career out of impersonating Theodore Roosevelt, plays with such oily charm. As Andrew Cain, Blackmer owns San Francisco and DeCarlo is his right-hand gal. Her portrait hangs in the saloon behind the bar. Initially, Adelaide McCall (DeCarlo) and Rick Nelson (McCrea) don't hit it off. Cain sends her off with Nelson for an evening along so that she can pick his brain. It seems that the last time that San Francisco suffered from vigilantes; Nelson was one of the chief architects of the vigilante movement. All Nelson wants to do now is work his mining claim until he lays his eyes on Adelaide. During their first night out in a buggy ride along the coast, Nelson riles Adelaide so she uses the horse whip on him and leaves him stranded. Later, she apologizes to Nelson in person, but he says something that she doesn't like and she has him shanghaied. Nelson awakens in the hole of a ship bound for Asia and fights his way out of it.

Interestingly, McCrea never whips out his six-shooter in this oater as he romances DeCarlo and scheme with Blackmer. There's one very good twist about midway through the action when our hero tries to infiltrate the villains. Tor Johnson, who made a name for himself in the films of Ed Wood, has a small role here as a saloon bouncer.
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Good Movie - Decent DVD
Erik Rupp | Southern California | 02/07/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While The San Francisco Story will never be considered a classic of the Western genre, it is a good movie. Joel McCrae leads the cast in a story of political corruption in San Francisco circa 1856. It is a well written movie, with some good dialogue and some decent (if somewhat low key) action scenes.

The DVD may not be great, but it isn't bad, either. The picture is clear, even if not perfectly sharp at all times. The sound is also fairly clear (the audio issues are very minor), so there isn't anything to keep a classic movie buff from enjoying this DVD.

Joel McCrea fans, especially, should check this one out.

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