San Francisco (1936)
They Were Born To Fall In Love!
|An opera singer and a saloon owner begin an unlikely romance in the final days before the great earthquake of 1906.|
"Top-grade entertainment with extremely lavish production. Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Editor's NoteSAN 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.
Cast & Crew
|Anita Loos - Screenplay|
|Bernard H. Hyman - Producer|
|John Emerson - Producer|
|Nacio Herb Brown - Original Music By|
|Oliver T. Marsh - Cinematographer|
|Robert E. Hopkins - Story By|
|Tom Held - Editor|
|W.S. Van Dyke - Director|
Plot SummaryThe 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.
|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|