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Frisco Jenny (Warner 1932, Ruth Chatterton, Louis Calhern)

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Ruth Chatterton portrays the daughter of a San Francisco saloonkeeper orphaned during the 1906 earthquake. The story traverses her giving birth to an illegitimate son, who is then adopted by a wealthy family, follows her emergence as a financially successful bordello proprietress and underworld power, and her demise as she kills a crony who would have murdered her son.

Frisco Jenny star Ruth Chatterton was an accomplished Broadway actress before making her first film in 1928. In her off-screen life she was an aviatrix and a writer.

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USA | Warner Bros. | 73 minutes | 1932

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Director: William A. Wellman
Producer: Raymond Griffith
Original Story: Gerald Beaumont, Lillie Hayward, John Larkin
Cinematography: Sidney Hickox
Editor: James B. Morley
Script: Robert Lord, Wilson Mizner
Costume Design: Orry-Kelly
Art Direction: Robert M. Haas

cast
Ruth Chatterton as Frisco Jenny Sandoval
Louis Calhern as Steve Dutton
Helen Jerome Eddy as Amah
Donald Cook as Dan Reynolds
Hallam Cooley as Willie Gleason
Pat O’Malley as Policeman Pat O’Hoolihan
Harold Huber as George Weaver
Robert Emmett O’Connor as Jim Sandoval
Willard Robertson as Police Capt. Tom
James Murray as Dan McAllister


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