Golden Age of the Silver Screen

San Francisco (1936)

Episode #17

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released San Francisco to theaters on June 26, 1936. W.S. Van Dyke directed the film which starred Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy.

‘San Francisco’ Movie Summary

San Francisco begins on New Years Day 1906, in the boxing ring, with two men sparring. When one man knocks the other down, their session ends. The winner, Father Tim Mullen, changes out of his workout clothes and into his clerical clothing. The loser is his childhood friend Blackie Norton; the saloon owner of the Paradise Club on Pacific Street in the Barbary Coast.

After the match, Blackie hires the classically trained singer, Mary Blake, fresh out of Benson, Colorado. When she quickly becomes his main attraction, Blackie’s buddy, Mat predicts
Mary won’t be there for long.

As Father Tim tries to bring God to Blackie (who is atheist), the other local nightclub owners try to persuade Blackie to run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to protect their crooked enterprises. Father Tim thinks Blackie can use the position to reform the area, so Blackie agrees to run.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released San Francisco to theaters on June 26, 1936. W.S. Van Dyke directed the film which starred Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy.

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  1. Lori, if you like disaster films based on real events, what do you think of A Night to Remember? James Cameron’s Titanic is basically a scene by scene remake of this film minus the romance between Jack and Rose. It was made in the mid 50s so not quite a Golden Age film, but a great one nonetheless. ☺️

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