San Francisco
San Francisco (1936)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 26, 1936
DVD Release Date: June 20, 2006
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Achieves something that has evaded disaster movies since as long as they've existed: it depicts its disaster in an engrossing, spectacular way, while also making sure that we're not just exulting in mass death.

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Steve Crum

Dated but classy MGM spectacular.

Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

The most interesting thing about this film was its phenomenal re-enactment of the San Francisco earthquake.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Gable, Tracy, McDonald singing - and an earthquake. Who could ask for anything more? A typical MGM extravaganza.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

..a big, brawling, boisterous, sentimental, touching, inspiring, thoroughly entertaining motion picture.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Engagingly silly epic with soap opera story.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Rico Zamora
This is a pretty remarkable achievement as far as disaster films are concerned. It actually has an engaging story that doesn't necessarily revolve around… More
John Ballantine
San Francisco has the firepower (or should that be the earthquake power) of a very strong lineup. It was the 30s version of the blockbuster and similar to… More
Mark Hobin
Classic MGM spectacle is highlighted by remarkable re-enactment of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. What's more, this romantic drama includes an… More
jay nixon
good earthquake reenactment but the rest is pure melodrama