Old San Francisco

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Old San Francisco
Poster - Old San Francisco 01.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Alan Crosland
Written by Darryl Francis Zanuck
Jack Jarmuth (titles)
Screenplay by Anthony Coldeway (screenplay)
Starring Dolores Costello
Warner Oland
Charles Emmett Mack
Anna May Wong
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release dates
  • September 4, 1927 (1927-09-04)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles
Vitaphone sound effects

Old San Francisco is a 1927 American silent historical drama film starring Dolores Costello and Warner Oland, and directed by Alan Crosland. The film was produced and distributed by Warner Bros.


Chris Buckwell, cruel and greedy czar of San Francisco's tenderloin, is heartless in his persecution of the Chinese, though he himself is secretly a half-caste. Buckwell, eager to possess the land of Don Hernández Vásquez, sends Michael Brandon, an unscrupulous attorney, to make an offer. Brandon's nephew, Terrence, meets the grandee's beautiful daughter, Dolores, while Vásquez refuses the offer. Terry tries to save the Vásquez land grants, but when Chris causes the grandee's death, Dolores takes an oath to avenge her father. Learning that Chris is a half-caste, Dolores induces his feeble-minded dwarf brother to denounce him; he captures her and Terry, but they are saved from torture and death by the great earthquake of 1906 that kills the villain.

Production background[edit]

The film was released in a silent version and in a Vitaphone version, with sound-on-disc recording of music and sound effects only. It was the fifth Warner Brothers feature film to have Vitaphone musical accompaniment. Just one month later, on October 6, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer with music, sound effects, and spoken dialogue. Warner Bros. later reused some of the footage from Old San Francisco for the 1906 San Francisco earthquake sequence in The Sisters (1938).[1]



A print of the film still exists, as well as it's Vitaphone soundtrack, and was released on manufactured-on-demand DVD by the Warner Archive Collection series on September 15, 2009.


  1. ^ "''Old San Francisco'' at silentera.com database". Silentera.com. Retrieved 2012-03-31. 

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