San Francisco

San Francisco

DVD - 2006
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Blackie Norton is a gambler with a big heart, and Father Tim Mullin is Blackie's childhood friend. Nob Hill snob Jack Burley, vies with Blackie for the attentions of beauty Mary Blake.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2006]
ISBN: 9780790748382
079074838X
Branch Call Number: DVD San
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 115 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.

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messala2
Sep 06, 2018

The insufferable Miss MacDonald doesn't get what she deserves in the formidable Anita Loos scripted, MGM half-witted morality play. Since I was seven I wanted a building falling on her to be the tragic but satisfying end. But, this is MGM. The special effects are mind boggling and after wading through what barely passes as melodrama the earthquake hits and you can finally say "Now here's a movie!"

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Derringer
Aug 06, 2018

"San Francisco" (from 1936) was an MGM production that cost that studio $1.3 million to complete. Believe me - That was really big bucks in those days.

I found that I enjoyed a good part of this vintage picture. It was especially the pre-CGI earthquake effects that held my interest the most.

Yes. They were pretty hokey-looking - But, hey! What could one possibly expect from an 82-year-old movie?

And - If you like to hear lots of operatic singing, actress/singer, Jeanette MacDonald won't let you down in "San Francisco".

Unfortunately, I found that this big-budget spectacle picture ended on a really corny note that left me totally groaning with exasperation and disappointment.

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Me_Tarzan
Jul 26, 2018

In this big-budget "Natural Disaster/Romance/Musical" picture from 1936 - Jeanette MacDonald sings up a storm, Clark Gable pours on the charm, and the big, booming city of San Francisco comes crashing down upon everyone's head (literally!).

And, when it came to this lavish MGM production - I'd say that its pre-CGI earthquake effects (though laughable by today's rigid standards) were definitely worth the wait to see them in this film's final 20 minutes.

Set in the year 1906 - My biggest complaint here centres around diva, Jeanette MacDonald (and all of her singing) being given way too much screen-time for my liking.

Yes. MacDonald's operatic trilling was, indeed, pitch perfect - But, I'd certainly had quite enough of her warbling after hearing her first few songs.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 15, 2015

Interesting b/w film from 1936. Clark Gable was, um, a bit stiff. Fun to see a young Tracy Spencer as Gable's childhood pal now a priest.

And Jeanette MacDonald sings up a storm!

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