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At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of "Puget City" and is proud of his rough and tumble background. ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Steve Fisk
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Clarissa Standish
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Fire Chief Duggan
Marilyn Maxwell ...
Sheila the 'Atom' Dancer
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Les Taggart
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Sergeant Hogan
Lewis Stone ...
Judge Silas Standish
Raymond Walburn ...
Mayor Billy Butler
Pamela Britton ...
Miss Unconscious
Zamah Cunningham ...
Mrs. Butler
Clinton Sundberg ...
Mark Mont Desk Clerk
Marion Martin ...
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Emmy's Husband
Emory Parnell ...
Council Chairman
Clara Blandick ...
Liza, Silas' housekeeper
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At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is mayor of "Puget City" and is proud of his rough and tumble background. Standish is mayor of "Winona, Maine", and is equally proud of her education and dedication to the people who elected her. Thrown together, the two opposites attract and their escapades during the convention get each of them in hot water back home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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25 August 1950 (Sweden)  »

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La dama dijo que no  »

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The scenes that are supposed to be in Chinatown, really were filmed in Chinatown Los Angeles. Production also included interiors of the "Rice Bowl" restaurant as well as the bar areas. They were not sets on a Hollywood stage, but the real locations. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Steve (Gable) and Les (Burr) are fighting, the handkerchief in Steve's jacket pocket is even across the top. The camera switches to Les, then back to Steve and the left side of the handkerchief is higher than the right. Not long after, both sides are even again. Then towards the end of the fight, the handkerchief is missing completely although we didn't see it fall. See more »

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Steve Fisk: I proposed to YOU? All I said I was, 'You don't wanna marry a guy like me' and you said, 'Ohhh yes, I do.' I was smart enough to keep my mouth shut!
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San Francisco
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Key to the City, Key to their Hearts
27 August 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Fifteen years earlier Clark Gable and Loretta Young did Call of the Wild for her studio which was then 20th Century Fox. They had a most discreet affair which resulted in the birth of Young's daughter Judy. Back in those days Young indulged in an elaborate charade and 'adopted' her own daughter as a single mother.

Nothing quite as earth shattering as that happened on the set of Key to the City which was made for Gable's MGM. Still it's an interesting comedy drama about a pair of small city mayors who meet at a convention in San Francisco and fall in love.

Young is a proper New England mayor from an old stock family in Wynona, Maine. Gable is mayor of the small city of Puget City on the Pacific coast and started out as a longshoreman. He ran on a reform ticket, but the special interests that he beat are still very much alive and represented here in the person of sinister Raymond Burr.

It's a convention and people kind of let their hair down at conventions, Clark and Loretta are no different. And San Francisco is quite the romantic town.

One of MGM's most beloved players, Frank Morgan, plays Gable's fire chief complete with brogue and all. It was one of his last films and Morgan kind of borrows a bit from Ed Wynn and his famous Texaco fire chief from radio.

Also featured well is Lewis Stone as Young's uncle, a federal judge and a most proper and aristocratic gentlemen and Marilyn Maxwell who Gable rejects for Young and is determined to get a little payback. Highlight of the film is the chick fight going on between Young and Maxwell while Gable and Burr are slugging it out.

Key to the City is not on the top ten or even top twenty of either Clark Gable or Loretta Young's film credits. But it is still quite amusing even after almost 60 years.


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