Key to the City (1950)

Key to the City


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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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Riley Crutcher
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On DVD: Mar 23, 1994


as Steve Fisk

as Clarissa Standish

as Fire Chief Duggan

as Sheila the 'Atom' Da...

as Les Taggart

as Sgt. Hogan

as Judge Silas Standish

as Mayor Billy Butler

as Miss Unconscious

as Mrs. Butler

as Emmy's Husband

as Council Chairman

as Assistant Clerk

as Miss Construction

as Councilman

as Mayor Cabot

as Mrs. Cabot

as Councilman

as Chinese MC

as Francis

as Custodian

as Elevator Operator

as Washer

as Waiter

as Councilman
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
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Top Critic

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

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

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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