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An opera singer and a saloon owner begin an unlikely romance in the final days before the great earthquake of 1906.

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Studio Warner
SKU 202473988
UPC 012569528826
UPC 14 00012569528826
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Disaster
Disasters
Opera
Romance
Romances
Editors Note
Note SAN FRANCISCO was one of the most successful picture of the 1930s, and the sources of its popularity are readily apparent to this day. Both Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy are excellent, with Gable playing Blackie Norton, a dashing, brawling, gambler with a big heart, and Tracy playing Nob Hill snob Jack Talbot, who vies with Blackie for the attentions of beauty Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald). MacDonald's voice is as good as gold as she sings the title song, arias, popular music, and religious tunes. MGM built genuine reproductions of preearthquake San Francisco for the sets, including landmarks that were destroyed in the 1906 natural disaster. The special effects are accomplished with an aplomb equal to anything produced previous to the digital era, re-creating the quake with alarming and frightening realism. And, unlike many subsequent disaster films, SAN FRANCISCO's plot is sufficiently engaging to make the film worthwhile even without the climactic catastrophe. With it, W.S. Van Dyke's SAN FRANCISCO becomes a fabulous melodrama that should not be missed.
Plot Summary
Summary The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 serves as the background for this passionate romance between an opera singer and a Barbary Coast saloon owner. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Spencer Tracy, Best Original Story. Academy Awards: Best Sound Recording.
Directors
W.S. Van Dyke
Actors
Jack Holt
Clark Gable
Jessie Ralph
Spencer Tracy
Cast & Crew
Anita Loos - Screenplay
Bernard H. Hyman - Producer
Clark Gable - Actor
Jack Holt - Actor
Jeanette MacDonald - Actor
John Emerson - Producer
Nacio Herb Brown - Original Music By
Oliver T. Marsh - Cinematographer
Robert E. Hopkins - Story By
Spencer Tracy - Actor
Tom Held - Editor
W.S. Van Dyke - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1936
Catalog ID 65288
UPC 00012569528826
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 115 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.37:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1937) Douglas Shearer, Winner, Best Sound, Recording,John Emerson, Bernard H. Hyman, Nominee, Best Picture,Joseph M. Newman, Nominee, Best Assistant Director,Robert E. Hopkins, Nominee, Best Writing, Original Story,Spencer Tracy, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role,W.S. Van Dyke, Nominee, Best Director
Reviews
ReviewSource Crazy for Cinema
Review A strange mix of heavenly devotion and earthly disaster, this classic pairs the ever-charming Clark Gable with a woman way to good for him, which sort of ruins the fun...I find it hard to fathom how Tracy could have finagled a Best Actor Oscar nod, when he's in barely a third of the film and Gable, who's the star, is completely overlooked. Tracy's presence is the moral compass of the story, but that still doesn't make his performance all that memorable. Ah, the Academy voters. Their choices never cease to amaze. Of course, the real reason anyone still watches this film today would have to be to see the city of San Francisco disintegrate into a pile of rubble.
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ReviewSource Crazy for Cinema
Review A strange mix of heavenly devotion and earthly disaster, this classic pairs the ever-charming Clark Gable with a woman way to good for him, which sort of ruins the fun...I find it hard to fathom how Tracy could have finagled a Best Actor Oscar nod, when he's in barely a third of the film and Gable, who's the star, is completely overlooked. Tracy's presence is the moral compass of the story, but that still doesn't make his performance all that memorable. Ah, the Academy voters. Their choices never cease to amaze. Of course, the real reason anyone still watches this film today would have to be to see the city of San Francisco disintegrate into a pile of rubble.
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ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Black & White, Pan and Scan (TV Format), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Gable,Clark
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Classic Film Guide A very entertaining Best Picture Oscar nominee...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Top-grade entertainment with extremely lavish production.

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