Frisco Waterfront

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Frisco Waterfront
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Directed by Arthur Lubin
Joseph Santley
Written by Norman Houston
Produced by Trem Carr
Starring Ben Lyon
Helen Twelvetrees
Rod La Rocque
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Carl Pierson
Music byPaul Van Loan
Republic Pictures
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release date
  • December 3, 1935 (1935-12-03)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

Frisco Waterfront is a 1935 American drama film directed by Arthur Lubin and Joseph Santley and starring Ben Lyon, Helen Twelvetrees and Rod La Rocque. [1] [2]



Gubernatorial candidate Glen Burton hates newspaper editor Dan Elliott, who married Glen's former wife, Alice. On election day in San Francisco, Glen and Dan are both voting in a tent when a truck runs into it. As Glen is taken to the operating room, political boss Corrigan tells him that he is wrong to hate Dan. In the operating room, Glen relives his life.

In 1917 Glen and Alice were engaged, but Glenn is shipped out to serve in World War One and is reported as missing in action. Dan proposes marriage to Alice and she accepts but then Glenn appears, accusing Dan of being a war coward and trying to steal Alice.

Glen and Alice get married and Glen studies to be a lawyer but is unable to find a job. Dan offers him one but Glen refuses.

Glen gets a job on the waterfront and becomes foreman, but Alice is upset at his lack of ambition. This causes them to argue and she leaves him.

Alice suggests to Dan that they use Glen's hatred of them to inspire his ambition. Corrigan gets Glen a job in the district attorney's office and Glen works his way up to district attorney. Glenn eventually runs for governor.

Glen goes through the operation successfully and wakes up to discover he has won the election and that Dan has died. Glen reunites with Alice.



In April 1935 Republic announced they intended to make a film based on the novel Frisco Waterfront by Norman Houston, based on the 1934 West Coast waterfront strike. [3]

Filming started October 1935. [4] It was the second film Lubin made for Republic. [5]

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  1. Frisco Waterfront at New York Times
  2. Schallert, E. (1936, Mar 26). "Dionne family, minus quintuplets, to play in 'Where are my children?'". Los Angeles Times
  3. "SCREEN NOTES" New York Times 20 Apr 1935: 16.
  4. "All-Star Cast Will Enact Screen Version of Halper Novel" Los Angeles Times 5 Oct 1935: A7
  5. Vagg, Stephen (September 14, 2019). "The Cinema of Arthur Lubin". Diabolique Magazine.