San Francisco

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MGM's old war-horse just about scrapes by on starpower - Gable's cynical saloon keeper, MacDonald's showgirl, and Tracy's Irish priest battle for each other's souls - until San Francisco gets clobbered by the earthquake of 1906. Then it's another matter entirely, for this is one of the greatest action sequences in the history of cinema, rivalling the chariot race in both Ben-Hurs as well as the Odessa Steps in Battleship Potemkin. It's a symphony of editing and special effects that more than makes up for the first 90 minutes or so.

Release details

Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: WS Van Dyke
Screenwriter: Anita Loos
Cast: Clark Gable
Spencer Tracy
Jeanette MacDonald
Jack Holt
Jessie Ralph
Ted Healy
Shirley Ross
Al Shean
Harold Huber
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