Frisco Waterfront

Frisco Waterfront
Directed byArthur Lubin
Joseph Santley
Produced byTrem Carr
Written byNorman Houston
Based onnovel by Norman Houston
StarringBen Lyon
Helen Twelvetrees
Rod La Rocque
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 3, 1935 (1935-12-03)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

Frisco Waterfront is a 1935 film.[1][2]


California gubernatorial candidate Burton (Lyon) is about to cast his vote, when a truck crashes into the polling booth, critically injuring him and his opponent. A flashback traces his career from unemployed veteran to dockworker in San Francisco to lawyer. A side story traces his tortured relationship with his wife.



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]


  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 (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  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.

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