San Francisco (1936)




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Movie Info

Set against the backdrop of the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, San Francisco centers on a romance between a saloon owner and an opera singer. The film includes footage of the infamous 1906 earthquake. San Francisco has also been shown in a computer-colorized print.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Anita Loos, Erich von Stroheim, Robert E. Hopkins
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On DVD: Jun 20, 2006


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as Mary Blake

as Father Tim Mullin

as Jack Burley

as Della Bailey

as Maisey Burley

as Professor

as Dealer

as Red Kelly

as Freddy Duane

as Hazeltine

as Sheriff Jim

as Trixie

as Mephistopheles

as Man Praying

as Messenger

as Dancer

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as Charlie

as Fireman

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as Drunk's Girl

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as Mary's Maid

as Man in Breadline

as Young Man

as Bartender

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as Reveler

as Parishioner

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as Soldier

as Fat Man

as Picnicker

as Pompous Man

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as Elderly Woman

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as Headwaiter

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as Well-Wisher

as New Year's Celebrant

as Fire Spectator

as Forrestal Guest

as Burley's Butler

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Critic Reviews for San Francisco

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Achieves something that has evaded disaster movies since as long as they've existed: it depicts its disaster in an engrossing, spectacular way, while also making sure that we're not just exulting in mass death.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Antagony & Ecstasy

A huge blockbuster, this MGM melodrama is mostly known for its ten-minute recreation of the 1906 Earthquake, but it also has an emotionally engaging story and is extremely well-acted by Gable, Tracy, and Jeanette MacDonald, who sings the famous song.

Full Review… | July 1, 2007

..a big, brawling, boisterous, sentimental, touching, inspiring, thoroughly entertaining motion picture.

Full Review… | June 14, 2006
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for San Francisco

This is a pretty remarkable achievement as far as disaster films are concerned. It actually has an engaging story that doesn't necessarily revolve around the Great Quake of 1906, yet it feels urgent and ominous as the events that you watch all lead up to that inevitable climax. Also, the special effects are pretty amazing considering that this film was made a mere 30 years after the real-life events it's depicting. Definitely worth a watch!

Rico Zamora

Super Reviewer


Classic MGM spectacle is highlighted by remarkable re-enactment of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. What's more, this romantic drama includes an engaging story as well. Young, classically-trained singer is plucked from obscurity and becomes a success. Complications arise when she is also offered a chance to sing with the Opera, in decidedly classier surroundings. Grand, but dated period film was a huge blockbuster in its day and it's easy to see why. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer


good earthquake reenactment but the rest is pure melodrama

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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