Blond Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins) arrives in San Francisco to meet with the man for whom she is to be married. Her narrower found gold and became rich. But gold did not bring him happiness, he lost the cards and was killed because of the loss.
The blonde rushes into the arms of the criminal king of the city Luis Charmalisa (Edward J. Robinson), now she is the croupier and the hostess of the casino. Meeting at the table with a young gold miner Jim Carmichael (Joel McCrea) brings into her life the long-awaited love, but the underworld does not let her out of her clutches … Famous producer Samuel Goldwyn coined the name “Barbaric Coast” and, having called the writers Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur , set a goal, create a suitable story for this title – this was the film that later appeared in the top 100 films about the “gold rush” in the Wild West.
In the role of the main villain of this picture, one of the greatest actors of Hollywood, Edward J. Robinson, starred in more than fifty roles during his fifty-seven-year career in film and received posthumously in 1973 a deserved Oscar for his creative work.