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Anita Loos (screen play)
Robert E. Hopkins (from the story by)
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Release Date:
26 June 1936 (USA) See more »
She Fell In Love . . . with the toughest guy on the toughest street in the world ! See more »
A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Blackie Norton

Jeanette MacDonald ... Mary Blake

Spencer Tracy ... Father Tim Mullin

Jack Holt ... Jack Burley

Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. Maisie 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 Judels ... Tony (as Charles Judells)

Russell Simpson ... 'Red' Kelly

Bert Roach ... Freddie Duane

Warren Hymer ... Hazeltine (as Warren B. Hymer)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Maude Allen ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)

Oscar Apfel ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)

Sam Ash ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Drunk's Girl (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Picnicker (uncredited)

King Baggot ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Jane Barnes ... Dancer (uncredited)

Vince Barnett ... New Year's Eve Drunk (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Kinko (uncredited)
Ananias Berry ... Dancer (uncredited)
Margaret Bert ... Salvation Army Nurse (uncredited)

Sidney Bracey ... Allen - Burley's Butler (uncredited)
Jimmy Brewster ... Stooge (uncredited)

Fritzi Brunette ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Sonny Bupp ... Choirboy (uncredited)

Tommy Bupp ... Bill - Newsboy (uncredited)
Orrin Burke ... Pompous Man (uncredited)

Richard Carle ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)

Helene Chadwick ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Naomi Childers ... Opera Spectator in Burley Box (uncredited)
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Choir (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Bartender (uncredited)

Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Madame Albani (uncredited)

Nigel De Brulier ... Old Man - Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Mae Digges ... Dancer (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Drunk (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Edgar Edwards ... Young Earthquake Survivor 'The Fire's Out' (uncredited)
Fred M. Fagan ... Waiter (uncredited)

Jim Farley ... Policeman (uncredited)

Flora Finch ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Chester Gan ... Jowl Lee (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Man Restraining Blackie after Quake (uncredited)

John George ... Custodian at Blackie Norton's (uncredited)

Ruth Gillette ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

D.W. Griffith ... Orchestra Conductor (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Man Searching in the Chaos (uncredited)

Donald Hall ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Homer Hall ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Well-Wisher (uncredited)

Mahlon Hamilton ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Parishioner (uncredited)
Fay Helm ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
The Highlanders ... Male Quartette (uncredited)
Danny Jackson ... Choirboy (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)

Anthony Jowitt ... Society Man (uncredited)

Bronislau Kaper ... Conductor (uncredited)
John Kelly ... Kelly - Stagehand (uncredited)

Cy Kendall ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Jack Kennedy ... Mike - Old Irishman in Church (uncredited)

Leonard Kibrick ... Choirboy (uncredited)

Ralph Lewis ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Bartender (uncredited)
Tandy MacKenzie ... Faust in Opera (uncredited)
James Macklin ... Young Man (uncredited)

George Magrill ... A Marine (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Charlie - Captain of Police (uncredited)
Owen Marsh ... Young Boy (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Dealer (uncredited)

Tom McGuire ... Bartender (uncredited)

Robert McKenzie ... Messenger (uncredited)

Sammy McKim ... Choirboy (uncredited)
Douglas McPhail ... Tenor in 'La Traviata' (voice) (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Man on Stretcher (uncredited)

Belle Mitchell ... Louise - Mary's Maid (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Heckler (uncredited)

Rhea Mitchell ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

James Murray ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Harry Myers ... Reveler (uncredited)
William Newell ... Man in Breadline (uncredited)
Amber Norman ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter at Chicken's Ball (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Man Praying (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... New Year's Celebrant (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... Fireman (uncredited)
John Pearson ... Stooge (uncredited)

Lillian Rich ... Nun (uncredited)

Jason Robards Sr. ... Father (uncredited)

Beatrice Roberts ... Forrestal Guest (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Drinker (uncredited)
Don Rowan ... Coast Type (uncredited)

Frank Sheridan ... Founders' Club Member (uncredited)
Helen Shipman ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Douglas Steade ... Vocalist (uncredited)

Myrtle Stedman ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)

Carl Stockdale ... Salvation Army Man (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Soldier (uncredited)
Madame Sul-Te-Wan ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Fire Spectator (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Cop (uncredited)

Rosemary Theby ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
David Thursby ... Man (uncredited)

Jerry Tucker ... Choirboy (uncredited)
The Uptowners ... Male Quartette (uncredited)

Robert J. Wilke ... Earthquake Survivor (uncredited)
Tudor Williams ... Mephistopheles in 'Faust' (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Parishioner (uncredited)
Sam Wolfe ... Stooge (uncredited)
Ortho Wright ... Fireman (uncredited)

Directed by
W.S. Van Dyke (uncredited)
Writing credits
Anita Loos (screen play)

Robert E. Hopkins (from the story by) (as Robert Hopkins)

Herman J. Mankiewicz  uncredited

Produced by
John Emerson .... producer
Bernard H. Hyman .... producer
W.S. Van Dyke .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart (uncredited)
Edward Ward (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Tom Held (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
D.W. Griffith .... second unit director (uncredited)
Joseph M. Newman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
A. Arnold Gillespie .... associate art director (as Arnold Gillespie)
Harry McAfee .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Special Effects by
James Basevi .... special effects (uncredited)
Russell A. Cully .... special effects: earthquake sequence (uncredited)
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Max Fabian .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Jeanette MacDonald (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Loyal Griggs .... photographer: earthquake sequence (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
John Hoffman .... montage sequences
Slavko Vorkapich .... montage: earthquake sequence (uncredited)
Music Department
Herbert Stothart .... musical director
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Lamkoff .... vocal coach (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Val Raset .... dances stager
William von Wymetal .... stager: operatic sequences
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Unrated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #2180) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy would go on to make two other films together, Test Pilot (1938) and Boom Town (1940). By the end of the filming of the latter, Tracy had tired of always receiving supporting billing below Gable and insisted on shared billing going forward. Gable did not agree with this and the two never worked together again.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The earthquake actually occurred at 5:13 am. In the movie the timing appears to be in the late evening, not in the early morning. The prologue of the opening credits states the correct time of the earthquake: April 18, 1906 at 5:13 am but it is easy to understand any confusion since with the cinematography at the time, day for night shots were used in exterior sets and with model sets, so that the full impact of the earthquake in progress could be easily seen. Also, it took at least three days for the fire to be extinguished and with the one night shot in those sequences, it appears that the timing of events after the earthquake was much shorter than it actually was.See more »
Waiter at Chicken's Ball:[referring to the earthquake] Well, we certainly don't do things halfway in San Francisco.See more »
A Heart That's FreeSee more »


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18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
San Francisco, Open Your Golden Gate, 12 November 2004
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

You can't go wrong with the pairing of two of the great stars of Hollywood, Gable and Tracy......and the great star of the west coast, San Francisco. The role of Blackie Norton may be one of Gable's best, so cynical,so devil-may-care and just a little bit dangerous. Tracy play the understanding priest with his usual aplomb. As he told someone once "Don't ever let them catch you acting".

Gable's attraction to Jeanette McDonald is a little bit unbelievable. She really did belong with Jack Holt in this film......or better yet Nelson Eddy should have showed up at the last minute and swept her away with a song. Gable and McDonald don't mesh at all and there was not much chemistry between them although I must admit she is lovely. Be that as it may, the film is one of the best of Hollywood's mid-30's offerings. There is something for everyone; music, drama, comedy and the finale of the earthquake which is what we are waiting for. And what a spectacle it is!! It is very well done in those days before sophisticated special effects; with tumbling buildings, crashing walls and the inevitable fire. There are a couple of poignant scenes when the firefighters must blow up buildings and homes to control the fire thus destroying lifetimes of work and memories.

The ending is a little bit over the top as those who have lost their families and all that they own, joyously sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic and march up the hill to view the destruction (I'm not sure I would be that upbeat)......but it is still effective. The fade to the modern day (1936) San Francisco is just the right ending note. I highly recommend this film, not only for the Gable/Tracy pairing but also for the general excellence of the production.

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