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San Francisco (1936)

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Release Date: Jun 26, 1936 Wide

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The MGM historical "spectacular" San Francisco was allegedly based on a three-sentence synopsis, submitted verbally to producer B.F. Zeidman by studio troubleshooter Bob Hopkins. The story begins on the Barbary Coast on New Year's Eve, 1906, as rakish but likeable political boss Blackie Norton (Clark Gable) hires demure young singer Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald) to perform at his rowdy Paradise gambling house. Local priest Father Mullin (Spencer Tracy), Blackie's best friend, disapproves of

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Anita Loos, Erich von Stroheim

Jun 20, 2006

MGM

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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.

July 1, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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..a big, brawling, boisterous, sentimental, touching, inspiring, thoroughly entertaining motion picture.

June 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Dated but classy MGM spectacular.

May 4, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Gable, Tracy, McDonald singing - and an earthquake. Who could ask for anything more? A typical MGM extravaganza.

July 23, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Engagingly silly epic with soap opera story.

November 5, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The most interesting thing about this film was its phenomenal re-enactment of the San Francisco earthquake.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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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!
March 1, 2011
flickfever

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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.
May 25, 2009
hobster1

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good earthquake reenactment but the rest is pure melodrama
April 7, 2007
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jay nixon

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San Francisco has the firepower (or should that be the earthquake power) of a very strong lineup. It was the 30s version of the blockbuster and similar to modern blockbusters, the script is a little thin and sensationalist.
March 7, 2014
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