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Key to the City (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1950 (UK)
At a Mayor's convention in San Francisco, California, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is Mayor of Puget City, and is proud of his rough and tumble ... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney
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Complete credited cast:
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 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
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At a Mayor's convention in San Francisco, California, 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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MGM's riotous romance. (One-sheet poster). See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

Production was briefly suspended when Loretta Young had a miscarriage. 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 »

Quotes

Steve Fisk: A meeting will be called for 8 o'clock tonight.
Clarissa Standish: Oh, thank you. And under the circumstances, I think it should be held in some place other than your room. You understand.
Steve Fisk: It will be held in a public room.
Clarissa Standish: Fine!. Where?
Steve Fisk: I haven't found said public room, but when I have found said public room, you will be duly notified of said address, under said parliamentary procedures, said time is precisely 8 o'clock.
Clarissa Standish: Well said your honor.
Steve Fisk: You said it!
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, the middle line of the E for END is a key. See more »

Connections

Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

San Francisco
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Music by Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
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Key to the City, Key to their Hearts
27 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee 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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Language:

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17 July 1950 (UK) See more »

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