Key to the City (1950)

Key to the City (1950)





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George Sidney directs this pleasant romantic comedy concerning mayoral love. During a convention of mayors in San Francisco, Clarissa Standish (Loretta Young), the mayor of a small town in Maine, meets Steve Fisk (Clark Gable), the down-to-earth leader of a tiny northern California community. During the rowdy proceedings of the convention, the two find themselves pushed together frequently, with the typical result -- they fall in love. After the convention, the two head back to Steve's town, where crooked local politician Les Taggart (Raymond Burr) is squaring off against Fisk in a mayoral election. With the help of Clarissa, Steve gears up for his reelection bid.
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Clark Gable
as Steve Fisk
Loretta Young
as Clarissa Standish
Frank Morgan
as Fire Chief Duggan
Marilyn Maxwell
as Sheila the 'Atom' Dancer
Raymond Burr
as Les Taggart
James Gleason
as Sgt. Hogan
Lewis Stone
as Judge Silas Standish
Raymond Walburn
as Mayor Billy Butler
Pamela Britton
as Miss Unconscious
Zamah Cunningham
as Mrs. Butler
Bert Freed
as Emmy's Husband
Emory Parnell
as Council Chairman
Richard Gaines
as Speaker
Roger Moore
as Assistant Clerk
Dorothy Ford
as Miss Construction
Edward Earle
as Councilman
Pierre Watkin
as Mayor Cabot
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Cabot
Jack Elam
as Councilman
Victor Sen Yung
as Chinese MC
Marvin Kaplan
as Francis
Byron Foulger
as Custodian
Shirley Lew
as Elevator Operator
Bill Cartledge
as Page Boy
Helen Brown
as Woman
Dick Wessel
as Washer
Harry Harvey
as Waiter
Charles Smith
as Bellboy
Frank Wilcox
as Councilman
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Critic Reviews for Key to the City

All Critics (1)

The laughs are hard to come by.

Full Review… | January 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Key to the City


Ordinary comedy of note more for its cast than any special quality the film itself possesses. Gable and Loretta Young are reunited for the only time after their torrid affair on the set of Call of the Wild resulted in a secret child who was one of Hollywood's most notorious open secrets. This was also Frank Morgan's final completed film, he started work on the disastrous Judy Garland version of Annie Get Your Gun but suffered a heart attack and passed away before the film was restarted with Betty Hutton. As for this picture's story its a bunch of silly nonsense of misunderstandings but the cast give it a game reading.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Key to the City (1950) This isn't exactly a laugh riot, but it's not a bad little Clark Gable and Loretta Young romantic comedy either. The movie starts out with upright New England Mayor Clarissa Standish (Young) arriving at a San Francisco hotel for a mayors convention. She meets up with rough neck longshoreman and Puget City Mayor, Steve Fisk (Gable) and the sparks fly. Although Clarissa isn't exactly a prude, she might be a little more conscientious about her straight-laced constituents back home, where Steve wants to have some fun too. Despite the best of intentions, they seem to get themselves sent to jail a few times to the frustration of Police Sergeant Hogan (James Gleason), who tries to hide the mayors from the pesky newspaper reporters. Although both mayors are falling in love with each other, they're very much dedicated to their people back home. Steve is worried about a political adversary left up in Puget City who he has tossed into the city fountain on past occasions. The adversary's henchman, and fellow longshoreman, Les Taggert (Raymond Burr, the only guy in Hollywood who can look down at Gable) comes down to try to slip a much needed home-building project through, but with some graft tucked away inside. This film has got a lot of familiar faces from MGM's stable of character actors, including Frank Morgan who plays Fire Chief Duggan, Steve's trusty side-kick, and Lewis Stone, who plays Judge Silas Standish, Clarissa's loving Uncle. This is a very good movie to enjoy.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

Good Gable-Young movie. First time I'd ever seen a mayor fighting another man, both with hauling hooks. Frank Morgan's final film.

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