San Francisco 1936

San Francisco

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Blackie Norton (Clark Gable) is a nightclub owner who hires a down-on-her-luck singer for his club, Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald). The two hit it off and even become romantically involved, but soon she is courted by real-estate magnate Jack Burley (Jack Holt) to sing at the Tivoli Opera House. At first she refuses, but when she sees questionable posters of her put up by Blackie, she leaves, forcing Blackie to find a way to win her and his business back.

Cast

Clark Gable
as Blackie Norton
Spencer Tracy
as Father Tim Mullin
Jack Holt
as Jack Burley
Margaret Irving
as Della Bailey
Jessie Ralph
as Maisey Burley
Al Shean
as Professor
Frank Mayo
as Dealer
Russell Simpson
as Red Kelly
Bert Roach
as Freddy Duane
Warren Hymer
as Hazeltine
Edgar Kennedy
as Sheriff Jim
Tudor Williams
as Mephistopheles
Spec O'Donnell
as Man Praying
Bob McKenzie
as Messenger
Mae Digges
as Dancer
Nyas Berry
as Dancer
Jim Farley
as Charlie
Pat O'Malley
as Fireman
Otho Wright
as Fireman
Gertrude Astor
as Drunk's Girl
Tom Dugan
as Drunk
Belle Mitchell
as Mary's Maid
William Newell
as Man in Breadline
James Macklin
as Young Man
Tom McGuire
as Bartender
Wilbur Mack
as Bartender
Harry Myers
as Reveler
Edward Hearn
as Parishioner
G. Pat Collins
as Bartender
Harry Strang
as Soldier
Vernon Dent
as Fat Man
Irving Bacon
as Picnicker
Orrin Burke
as Pompous Man
John 'Skins' Miller
as Man on Stretcher
George Guhl
as Bit Man
Edward Earle
as Bit Man
Maude Allen
as Elderly Woman
Carl Stockdale
as Salvation Army Man
Anthony Jowitt
as Society Man
Richard Carle
as Members of Founders' Club
Oscar Apfel
as Members of Founders' Club
Frank Sheridan
as Members of Founders' Club
Ralph Lewis
as Members of Founders' Club
Chester Gan
as Jowl Lee
Cy Kendall
as Headwaiter
Don Rowan
as Coast Type
Sherry Hall
as Well-Wisher
Dennis O'Keefe
as New Year's Celebrant
Charles Sullivan
as Fire Spectator
Beatrice Roberts
as Forrestal Guest
Sidney Bracey
as Burley's Butler
Sam Ash
as Orchestra Leader
Bud Geary
as Man Restraining Blackie after Quake
King Baggot
as Earthquake Extra
Rhea Mitchell
as Earthquake Extra
Flora Finch
as Earthquake Extra
Fritzi Brunette
as Earthquake Extra
Helene Chadwick
as Earthquake Extra
Naomi Childers
as Opera Spectator in Burley Box
Rosemary Theby
as Earthquake Extra
Jean Acker
as Earthquake Extra
Donald Hall
as Earthquake Extra
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Critic Reviews for San Francisco

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Audience Reviews for San Francisco

  • Mar 07, 2014
    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.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2011
    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 Z Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2009
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    I wasn't that impressed with it. It's famous for the earthquake scene at the end, and it is worth seeing for that.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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