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The 1906 San Francisco earthquake is the historical background for San Francisco, a 1936 movie romance between a gambling hall tycoon, played by Clark Gable, and a promising but poor singer. The then very popular singing voice of Jeanette MacDonald in the female lead was bound to make this film into a hit.


The title song, composed by Walter Jurmann and Bronislaw Kaper, is sung by the Jeanette MacDonald character a half-dozen times in the film, and becomes in the end an anthem for survivors of the earthquake. It is now a popular sentimental sing-along at public events such as the city's annual earthquake commemoration. Judy Garland popularized another version of the song with additional lyrics.


The movie was successful in receiving only a single Oscar:

It was nominated for five others:

  • Best Picture - John Emerson and Bernard H. Hyman, producers
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role - Spencer Tracy
  • Best Assistant Director - Joseph M. Newman
  • Best Director - W.S. Van Dyke
  • Best Writing, Original Story - Robert E. Hopkins

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San Francisco (movie) - definition of San Francisco (movie) in Encyclopedia (208 words)
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake is the historical background for San Francisco, a 1936 movie romance between a gambling hall tycoon, played by Clark Gable, and a promising but poor singer.
The then very popular singing voice of Jeanette MacDonald in the female lead was bound to make this film into a hit.
The movie was successful in receiving only a single Oscar:
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