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Release Date:
25 August 1950 (Sweden) See more »
MGM's riotous romance. (One-sheet poster). See more »
At a mayors convention in San Francisco, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Steve Fisk

Loretta Young ... Clarissa Standish

Frank Morgan ... Fire Chief Duggan

Marilyn Maxwell ... Sheila the 'Atom' Dancer

Raymond Burr ... Les Taggart

James Gleason ... 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 ... Emmy

Bert Freed ... Emmy's Husband

Emory Parnell ... Council Chairman

Clara Blandick ... Liza, Silas' housekeeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Albright ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Lita S. Bowman ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)

Peter Brocco ... Waiter (uncredited)
Helen Brown ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Cabot (uncredited)
Bridget Carr ... Miss Dream Girl (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Top O' Sky Page Boy (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Waiter (uncredited)

Chick Chandler ... Herman - Reporter (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Elderly Passerby (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Mrs. Anderson (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Reporter (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Driver (uncredited)
Jack Daley ... Mayor (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... S.F. Cop (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Cop with Drunk (uncredited)

Edward Earle ... Councilman (uncredited)

Jack Elam ... Councilman (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Woman on Loudspeaker (uncredited) (voice)
Charles Evans ... Mayor in Elevator (uncredited)

Frank Ferguson ... Councilman (uncredited)
Walter Findon ... Assistant (uncredited)

James Flavin ... S.F. Cop - Costume Party Arrest (uncredited)

Dorothy Ford ... Miss Construction (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Mayor Anderson, Coremont, MO (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Custodian (uncredited)
Jimmie Fox ... Porter (uncredited)
William Frambes ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Richard Gaines ... Speaker on TV Broadcast (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... S.F. Cop - Fire Escape (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Councilman (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Elderly Gentleman (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Patron of the Blue Duck Nightclub (uncredited)
James Harrison ... Councilman (uncredited)

Harry Harvey ... Top O' Sky Waiter with Pick-Me-Up (uncredited)
Sam Hayes ... Bill Murphy, TV Reporter (uncredited)

Edna Holland ... Mrs. Gertrude Allen (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Man in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Ronald M. Hom ... Chinese Boy (uncredited)

Marvin Kaplan ... Francis - Newspaper Photographer (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Maid (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Porter (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Sailor (uncredited)

Paul Kruger ... Longshoreman (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Longshoreman (uncredited)

Joi Lansing ... Miss Garbage Truck (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Top O' Sky Waiter with Blue Duck (uncredited)
Shirley Lew ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Assistant Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Mayor (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Police Matron (uncredited)
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Cabbie in Accident (uncredited)

William Phipps ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Richardson ... Mayor (uncredited)

Buddy Roosevelt ... Legionnaire (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... Mark Mont Hotel Bellboy (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Hotel Lobby Extra (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Henry Sylvester ... Mayor (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Policeman (uncredited)
Emerson Treacy ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Wagenheim ... Drunk (uncredited)
Tommy Walker ... Sailor (uncredited)

Pierre Watkin ... Mayor Cabot of Hartford, KY (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Washing Car in Hotel Basement (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Councilman (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Weighmaster (uncredited)
Maria Sen Young ... Chinese Girl (uncredited)

Victor Sen Yung ... Chinese MC at the Blue Duck (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert Beich  story
Robert Riley Crutcher 

Produced by
Z. Wayne Griffin .... producer
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
Film Editing by
James E. Newcom 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Hans Peters 
Set Decoration by
Alfred E. Spencer 
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup artist
Production Management
Edward Woehler .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Conrad Kahn .... sound (as Conrad P. Kahn)
Douglas Shearer .... sound
Special Effects by
A. Arnold Gillespie .... special effects
Fred Graham .... stunt double: Clark Gable (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Hubbell .... still photographer (as Edwin J. Hubbell)
Lloyd Isbell .... grip
Robert Martin .... camera operator
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Finland:K-3 (new rating: 2001) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Approved (certificate #14121)

Did You Know?

Final film of Frank Morgan (it was released after his death in 1949).See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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!See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
typical '50s fluff, 25 December 2012
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Clark Gable and Loretta Young star in "Key to the City," a 1950 film featuring Frank Morgan, Marilyn Maxwell, and Raymond Burr.

Young plays Clarissa Standish, a somewhat uptight small-town mayor who attends a gubernatorial convention in San Francisco and runs into the somewhat wilder Mayor of Puget Sound, Steve Fisk (Gable). Before you know it, the two are innocently involved in one scandal after another, the first when a night club they are in is raided, and the second when they're both wearing Halloween costumes and a policeman thinks Fisk is trying to force himself on a young girl, Clarissa being in a little girl costume. Despite Clarissa's exasperation with Fisk, she falls for him.

This is a cute, predictable comedy starring two of the most attractive people from Hollywood's golden era, both of whom still look great, but who are now forced into inferior fare. Films were competing with television, so they were trying to be more like television, right down to the black and white film. This was the type of film producers gave older actresses: Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Young; all but Colbert and Crawford would go on to have tremendous success in television.

One bad section: the fight between Gable and Burr. The doubles for them were horrendous,looking nothing like them, making the scene ridiculous.

Mildly enjoyable, with the performances by Gable, Young, and Morgan elevating it.

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