In the 1930s, Clark Gable was the king of Hollywood. In this film, he plays a variation of the dashing rogue-type that he is famous for. Centering around a romance between an opera singer and a club owner in the days leading up the the great earthquake and fire of 1906, San Francisco features some very impressive special effects, considering when it was made. Outside of the effects, the film wasn’t particularly great, but it was by no means bad either. San Francisco is just an all-around decent little film. The acting was great and the script had its clever moments. However, the film has some religious overtones that I found a tad grating. It presented the city of San Francisco as a sinful place and conveyed that the earthquake and fire were the city’s punishments for being immoral. While that was a common belief back in the day, that message did not sit well with me. Outside of that, San Francisco is an enjoyable enough watch.
Jack Holt is giving Clark Gable the stink-eye.