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Barbary Coast

1935

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  • Soon after the censorious Hays Code kicked in, Howard Hawks gleefully flouted it in his uncharacteristically sentimental urban Western, from 1935... Hawks reserves his directorial delight for his portrayal of Mary as a kept woman who pays no moralistic price for her sexual concessions, and for a supporting character whose rowdy exuberance is one of the director’s finest inventions—Old Atrocity, a hustler, cadger, and swindler, a virtual ambulance chaser of grifting.

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