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The MGM historical "spectacular" San Francisco was allegedly based on a three-sentence synopsis, submitted verbally to producer B.F. Zeidman by studio troubleshooter Bob Hopkins. The story begins on the Barbary Coast on New Year's Eve, 1906, as rakish but likeable political boss Blackie Norton (Clark Gable) hires demure young singer Mary Blake (Jeanette MacDonald) to perform at his rowdy Paradise gambling house. Local priest Father Mullin (Spencer Tracy), Blackie's best friend, disapproves of the exploitation of the lovely Mary, feeling that she's suited for classier… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"A huge blockbuster, this MGM melodrama is mostly known for its ten-minute recreation of the 1906 Earthquake, but it also has an emotionally engaging story and is extremely well-acted by Gable, Tracy, and Jeanette MacDonald, who sings the famous song."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gable, Tracy, McDonald singing - and an earthquake. Who could ask for anything more? A typical MGM extravaganza."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"..a big, brawling, boisterous, sentimental, touching, inspiring, thoroughly entertaining motion picture."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Engagingly silly epic with soap opera story."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Dated but classy MGM spectacular."
‑ Steve Crum,
"The most interesting thing about this film was its phenomenal re-enactment of the San Francisco earthquake."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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