San Francisco, 1854. James Cagney is a smart sailor who will become a wealthy club
owner of the Barbary Coast. He'll fall in love with Margaret Lindsay who belongs to the
San Francisco bourgeoisie and is campaigning against the corruption in the City. When
the journalist Donald Woods is murdered, the honest citizens of San Francisco decide to
take the law into their hands and set the fire to the Barbary Coast dives.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar