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San Francisco (1936)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 26 June 1936 (USA)
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A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.

Director:

W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers:

Anita Loos (screen play), Robert E. Hopkins (from the story by) (as Robert Hopkins)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Gable ... Blackie Norton
Jeanette MacDonald ... Mary Blake
Spencer Tracy ... Father Tim Mullin
Jack Holt ... Jack Burley
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Maisie Burley
Ted Healy ... Mat
Shirley Ross ... Trixie
Margaret Irving ... Della Bailey
Harold Huber ... 'Babe'
Edgar Kennedy ... Sheriff
Al Shean ... Professor
William Ricciardi ... Signor Baldini
Kenneth Harlan ... 'Chick'
Roger Imhof ... 'Alaska'
Charles Judels ... Tony (as Charles Judells)
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Storyline

Mary Blake arrives at Blackie Norton's Paradise gambling hall and beer garden looking for work as a singer. Blackie embarrasses her by asking to see her legs, but does hire her. She faints from hunger. Nob Hill Socialite Jack Burley and Maestro Baldini of the Tivoli Opera House see her singing and offer her a chance to do opera, but Blackie has her under a two-year contract which she sorrowfully stands by. Later, when he makes up posters featuring Mary in tights, she does leave for the Tivoli. Blackie gets an injunction against Burley, but knocks out the process server when he hears Mary's performance as Marguerite in "Faust". She asks her to marry him and she agrees to go back to the Paradise as his kind of singer, but Blackie's childhood chum Father Tim intervenes. After Blackie slugs the priest, Mary leaves. She is soon the star of the Tivoli and Blackie's place is closed down. She sings a rousing "San Francisco" on behalf of the Paradise at the annual "Chicken Ball" and wins the ... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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We Were Only Half Right! "San Francisco" Is Even Greater Than We Said It Would Be! (Print Ad-Newark Sunday Call, ((Newark, NJ)) 5 July 1936) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Jeanette MacDonald personally chose Spencer Tracy for the second male lead. Previously Tracy had mainly been cast as heavies; this role completely turned his career around. See more »

Goofs

As Jack Burley walks past a piano backstage at the opera, there is a copy of "The Hollywood Reporter" propped up on the piano. This publication first appeared in 1930. See more »

Quotes

Mary Blake: I'm going to stay.
Father Mullin: That's right. You're in probably the wickedest, most corrupt city, most Godless city in America. Sometimes it frightens me. I wonder what the end's going to be. But nothing can harm you if you don't allow it to because nothing in the world, no one in the world, is all bad.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a colorized version See more »

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Referenced in The Last Tycoon (1976) See more »

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At a Georgia Camp Meeting
(1897) (uncredited)
Music by Kerry Mills
Danced by Negro minstrels at the Chickens Ball
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I still get a lump in my throat when Jeanette MacDonald belts out the song "San Francisco"
20 July 2002 | by benglesonSee all my reviews

I have just watched the colorized version of this knock-out film. Whether in color or B &W, it is a powerfully entertaining film. When Blackie Norton finds religion and Mary Blake spots him, humbled and on his redemption encrusted knees,tears well up in my jaded eyes. Everything works so wonderfully in this film. Still, as destructive and tragic as the earthquake scenes are,this movie is basically a love story and what male would not swoon over the voice and the innocence of Mary Blake. Certainly not me.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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