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.
1936 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Recording Winner
Bernard Hyman - Producer
Bernard H. Hyman - Producer
John Emerson - Director/Screenwriter/Prod.
Jack Holt - American Actor/B-Films
Shirley Ross - American Pianist/Singer
Edward Ward - American Composer\D. 1971
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Clark Gable - Oscar-winning american actor, GONE WITH THE WIND
William Clark Gable - Oscar-winning american actor, GONE WITH THE WIND
Jessie Ralph - American Character Actress
Anita Loos - Author of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"
Tom Held - Editor\1930s
W.S. Van Dyke - American Director, the THIN MAN Series
A. Arnold Gillespie
Spencer Tracy - Oscar winning american actor, BOYS TOWN
Al Shean - Songwriter/Actor
Jeanette MacDonald - American Actress/Singer
Ted Healy - American Actor
Erich Von Stroheim - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Erich von Stroheim - Director/Actor/Screenwriter
Oliver T. Marsh - American Cinematographer
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.