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San Francisco (26-Jun-1936)

Director: W. S. Van Dyke (uncredited)

Writers: Anita Loos; Robert E. Hopkins

Musical Direction: Herbert Stothart

Producers: John Emerson; Bernard H. Hyman

Keywords: Romantic Drama

Beautiful and ambitious singer Mary Blake takes a job at The Paradise, and falls in love with its owner Blackie Norton; she is later poached by Jack Burly, the owner of the Tivoli Opera House. Mary and Jack get engaged though she still harbors love for Blackie. Won an Oscar for Best Sound Recording; received five additional nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Story.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Clark Gable
1-Feb-1901 16-Nov-1960 Gone With the Wind
Ted Healy
1-Oct-1896 21-Dec-1937 Creator of The Three Stooges
Jack Holt
31-May-1888 18-Jan-1951 They Were Expendable
Roger Imhof
15-Aug-1875 15-Apr-1958 This Gun for Hire
Margaret Irving
18-Jan-1898 5-Mar-1988 Animal Crackers
Edgar Kennedy
26-Apr-1890 9-Nov-1948 Mad Wednesday
Jeanette MacDonald
18-Jun-1903 14-Jan-1965 The Merry Widow
Jessie Ralph
5-Nov-1864 30-May-1944 San Francisco
Russell Simpson
17-Jun-1880 12-Dec-1959 The Grapes of Wrath
Spencer Tracy
5-Apr-1900 10-Jun-1967 Two consecutive Best Actor Oscars


Clark Gable   ...   Blackie Norton
Jeanette MacDonald   ...   Mary Blake
Spencer Tracy   ...   Fr. Mullin
Jack Holt   ...   Jack Burley
Jessie Ralph   ...   Mrs. 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 Judells   ...   Tony
Russell Simpson   ...   Red Kelly
Bert Roach   ...   Freddie Duane
Warren B. Hymer   ...   Hazeltine


Review by Lisa Selby (posted on 13-Nov-2010)

This is a fantastic movie. It has drama, music and special effects of the 1906 Earthquake which are fantastic. Jeanette McDonald is perfect as Mary Blake, a woman who comes to San Francisco to sing in operas. Clark Gable is as charming as usual, as the rougue Blackie Norton, who owns the Paradise Cafe in the Barbary Coast section of the city. Spencer Tracy is Father Mullin, a boyhood friend of Blackie's who went straight. This is about having faith and doing the right things with romance in the mix. And with Clark Gable in the film you can't go wrong with the romance. It is a movie well worth watching more than once.

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