San Francisco (1936)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Musical, Romance

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A Barbary Coast saloonkeeper and a Nob Hill impresario are rivals for the affections of a beautiful singer, both personally and professionally in 1906 San Francisco.




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  • San Francisco (1936)
  • San Francisco (1936)
  • Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald in San Francisco (1936)
  • San Francisco (1936)

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27 October 2007 | mail-4621
| Timeless special effects created in 1936 by John Hoffman
John Hoffman (my father) was responsible for the Great Earthquake scene and a number the other montage sequences in the film. A friend of his, the film preservationist David Shepard, tells me the film had already been shot, but the studio execs weren't happy with it. So, they handed it over to the then head of MGM's Montage Department, John Hoffman, to see if he could salvage it. Hoffman rewrote, directed and edited many of the scenes. The result: five Oscar nominations (including 'Best Picture') and one win ('Best Sound') – released in 1936, it preceded the introduction of the Oscar for Special Effects award by a few years.

A few years ago, when the Academy Awards Ceremony featured a review of the greatest disaster films ever made, I was disappointed to note that San Francisco hadn't been included. Still, from reading the reviews posted here, it's great to see how many people still appreciate it today.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Box Office


$1,300,000 (estimated)

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