San Francisco is a 1936 film based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy. The then very popular singing of MacDonald helped … see full wiki
This was a film I had never even heard of before. "San Francisco" stars Clark Gable as Blackie Norton, proprietor of the notorious "Paradise Saloon". Norton has his fingers in lots of pies around the city and is always on the lookout for #1. He meets talented young singer Mary Blake (Jeannette MacDonald) who shows up at his joint one evening looking for work. He is immediately smitten with the naive young lady and sets out to make her a headliner at the Paradise. The only problem is that she posseses a concert quality set of pipes and the local opera company is interested in her services as well. Too bad that Blackie has managed to get the young lady to sign a two year exclusive contract with him. Now just to make things interesting and to introduce a wee bit of morality into the mix we have a very young Spencer Tracy cast as Blackie Norton's lifelong friend Father Mullin. The two grew up together and Father Mullin has been trying to get Blackie to change his evil ways for years. Good luck. An interesting storyline is sprinkled with some terrific tunes sung by the multi-talented MacDonald who was one of the top singers of her era. Towards the end of the movie is one of the most remarkable disaster sequences you will ever see: the Earthquake of 1906. Quite an accomplishment in 1936 when "San Francisco" was filmed.
Much like "Gone With The Wind", "San Francisco" is a thoroughly entertaining movie that offers viewers a little bit of everything. This is a movie I could see again and again. Pick it up sometime and see if you agree. Very highly recommended!
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