Wharf Angel (1934) PASSED · 1h 5min · Drama, Romance · 16 March 1934
"Mother Bright's" place on the lawless, waterfront district of the 'Barbary Coast' in San Francisco is the toughest of all saloons that can be found, and that is where "Turk", a stoker on a freighter named "The Coyote", and his shipmates can be found when in port. They are there when Como Murphy, fleeing the law for a killing he did not commit, bursts in seeking a hiding place. Mother Bright directs him upstairs to a door that leads to another building, but Murphy opens the wrong door and finds himself in the room of "Toy," one of the many girls employed by Mother Bright in the event any of the sailors desires to purchase anything other than whiskey. "Toy" takes pity on Murphy and hides him when the police knock on her door. She and Murphy then talk the night away and are very much in love when the dawn breaks. "Turk" is also much smitten with "Toy" but the feeling isn't mutual. "Turk" gets Murphy a stoker's position on "The Coyote" and the two soon become close friends, and tell each other about the "swellest girl alive" they plan on marrying when next they make port in San Francisco. What they don't do is put a name on the "swellest girl alive" so neither is aware they are in love with the same girl. "Turk" only becomes aware of it when, while trying to propose to "Toy, she hits him up for fifty bucks so she and Murphy can go to Mexico and get married. This upsets "Turk" to the extent that he proceeds to turn in his best friend to the police in order to collect the $1000 reward they are offering. This act of being an informing, informant Informer then begins to act on "Turk's" conscience. The solution is much more upbeat than it would be a year later when Victor McLaglen won an Oscar playing the title role in John Ford's "The Informer." - Written by Les Adams
Director(s): William Cameron Menzies, George Somnes Cast: Victor McLaglen, Dorothy Dell, Preston Foster
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