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Academy Award winners Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy star as best friendsand rivals, rogue and priest, fighting for the soul of a beautifulwoman--and for the soul of one of the world's greatest cities, SanFrancisco.1906. In the beautiful, brawling city spawned by the California GoldRush, party boss and dance hall owner Blackie Norton (Gable) refuses torelease singer Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald) from her contract withhim. Blackie's best friend, Father Tim Mullin (Tracy), urges him to letMary sing for the city's opera, but Blackie can't admit to anyone thathe won't let Mary go because he's in love with her. But when the 1906earthquake destroys the city, Blackie and Mary discover what is trulyimportant, and together they vow to rebuild their lives and theirbeloved city.]]>
- Alternate ending sequence
- Documentary profile: "Clark Gable: Tall, Dark & Handsome" hosted by Liam Neeson
- Vintage Fitzpatrick TravelTalk shorts: "Cavalcade of San Francisco," "Night Descends on Treasure Island"
- Classic cartoon: "Bottles"
- Theatrical trailer
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Seventy years later, the film has lost little of it's luster; certainly the 'Message' is a bit heavy-handed, the long opera sequences may make some viewers cringe, and some of the effects (involving double exposures) seem quaint in an era of CGI...but Clark Gable still projects his signature cockiness and virility, Jeanette MacDonald is still radiant (and can sure belt out "San Francisco"), and Spencer Tracy is still magnificent (it is easy to see why he received a 'Best Actor' nomination, in what was obviously a supporting role; he easily steals the film, in every scene he's in).
Directed by the remarkable W.S. ('Woody') Van Dyke, a consummate craftsman, and one of MGM's fastest directors (contradictory terms, but he combined speed and style, effortlessly), with a screenplay, surprisingly, by future "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" author, Anita Loos (from a story by Robert Hopkins), "San Francisco" exudes confidence, from the riotously decadent New Year's Eve, 1905, opening scene, to the finale, as Gable, MacDonald, Tracy, and, apparently, most of the survivors of the earthquake and fire march to a hilltop, vowing to build a 'better' city, and singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", as they view the smoking ruins, which dissolves into the 'modern' San Francisco of 1936.
Corny? Certainly! But undeniably rousing, as well!Read more ›
The film offers a top notch cast in Clark Gable as Blackie Norton the rough around the edges entrepeneur in the dance hall area of the Barbary Coast, Spencer Tracy in the first of his famous priest roles as the caring Father Tim Mullin, a childhood friend of Blackie's, and last but not least Jeanette McDonald as Mary Blake the singing sensational torn between her strict upbringing and her love for Blackie. They make a memorable trio of performers in their only film together. Gable and Tracy would go on to make two more films together, "Test Pilot" and "Boom Town". Despite it being well known that Gable and McDonald did not get along during shooting they combine well in their acting depite their very different personalities. Spencer Tracy is on screen for less time than is desirable and certainly his father Tim is not as well written a character as the priest he played so wonderfully 2 years later in the classic "Boy's Town". Tracy always had a way with no frills sympathetic characters and he brings conviction and feeling to his role as the self appointed protector of Mary in Blackie's world of dancing girls, card sharps and crooked deals.Read more ›
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A G-dly woman resists sexual temptation!...i am in shock...oh, right...it's 1936!
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My favorite San Francisco movie. The earthquake screens made without CGI are brilliant. It was worth the price to see it.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Old , Corny but it works. The story is pure hokum, but the acting is good and the singing is wonderful. Read morePublished 2 months ago by geok
Cheers! What a stupendous classic! A perfect blend of incomparable. Star power, intelligent script , direction and glorious 1935 production values
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