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Cited by film historian William K. Everson as one of the fastest-moving crime melodramas of the 1930s (if not the fastest) Fog Over Frisco still manages to leave viewers breathless. Top-billed Bette Davis plays giddy heiress Arlene Bradford, whose perverse fascination with gangsters gets her mixed up in a stolen-securities scheme. Arlene's more sensible sister Val (Margaret Lindsay) tries to keep her out of trouble, but this proves impossible. Entering into the fray are hotshot society reporter Tony (Donald Woods) and goofy photojournalist Izzy (Hugh Herbert), who like Val get in over their heads when they stumble upon the body of the murdered Arlene. The identity of the killer remains a well-concealed secret until Izzy, of all people, stumbles across a vital clue. Things really begin to accelerate when Val is kidnapped by Arlene's gangster cohorts (who, interestingly enough, are very reluctant to take her prisoner and do so only when there's no other option!), leading to a mile-a-minute rescue and hasty plot wrap-up. Among the many good guys, bad guys and red herrings are Alan Hale as an Irish cop, Robert H. Barrat as a butler who isn't a butler, and Henry O'Neill as a gosh-knows-what who may be the murderer. Though physical action is at a minimum, Fog Over Frisco is kept constantly on the move by director William Dieterle, using every cinematic trick and optical effect (wipe dissolves, iris-outs, swish-pans etc.) at his disposal. The film was less effectively remade as William Dieterle in 1942. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Bette Davis
as Arlene Bradford
Donald Woods
as Tony Stirling
Margaret Lindsay
as Val Bradford
Lyle Talbot
as Spencer Carleton
Hugh Herbert
as Izzy Wright
Arthur Byron
as Everett Bradford
Henry O'Neill
as Oren Porter
Irving Pichel
as Jake Bellow
Ralph Brooks
as Musician
George Chandler
as Taxi Driver
Douglas Cosgrove
as Lt. Davis
William B. Davidson
as Joe Hague
William Demarest
as Spike Smith
Lester Dorr
as Reporter
Alan Hale
as Chief O'Malley
Selmar Jackson
as Radio Announcer
Harold Minjir
as Archie Van Ness
Dennis O'Keefe
as Van Brugh
Hal Price
as Bartender
Harry Seymour
as Bill, the Messenger
Charles Wilson
as Sgt. O'Hagen
Douglas Dumbrille
as Joshua Maynard
Gordon Westcott
as Joe Bellow
Harold Minjir
as Archie Van Ness
Gordon Westcott
as Joe Bellow
Harry Seymour
as Bill, the Messenger
Douglas Dumbrille
as Joshua Maynard
William B. Davidson
as Joe Hague
Douglas Cosgrove
as Lt. Davis
George Chandler
as Taxi Driver
Selmar Jackson
as Radio Announcer
Lester Dorr
as Reporter
Ralph Brooks
as Musician
Charles Wilson
as Sgt. O'Hagen
Alan Hale
as Chief O'Malley
Hal Price
as Bartender
William Demarest
as Spike Smith
Dennis O'Keefe
as Van Brugh

Crew

William Dieterle
Director
Robert Lord
Producer
Henry Blanke
Producer
Eugene Solow
Screenwriter
Tony Gaudio
Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Harold McLernon
Editor
Jack Okey
Art Director
Orry-Kelly
Costume Designer
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