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Basics Critics:75Viewers:67Rusty:76
Category: Drama, Music/Musical, RomanceNotable as: Black-and-whiteSub-Category: Disaster Film, Black-and-white, Romance Film, DramaNarrative location: San FranciscoRuntime: 115 minutesColor: black-and-whiteLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: D. W. Griffith, W. S. Van DykeScreenwriter: Anita Loos, Robert HopkinsMusic: Walter JurmannCinematography: Oliver T. MarshStars: Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Jeanette MacDonald, Jessie Ralph, Ted Healy, Jack Holt, Edgar Kennedy, Al Shean, Charles Judels, Russell Simpson Producer: John Emerson, Bernard H. HymanStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAwards won: Academy Award for Best Sound MixingAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Spencer Tracy)
Academy Award for Best Director (W. S. Van Dyke)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Story (Robert Hopkins)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

San Francisco is a 1936 musical-drama directed by Woody Van Dyke, based on the April 18, 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The film, which was the top grossing movie of that year, stars Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, and Spencer Tracy. The then very popular singing of MacDonald helped make this film a hit, coming on the heels of her other 1936 blockbuster, Rose Marie. The Internet Movie Database reports that famous silent film directors D. W. Griffith and Erich von Stroheim contributed to the screenplay without screen credit. Griffith also helped direct the famous earthquake sequence.

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