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Key to the City (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 17 July 1950 (UK)
At a Mayor's convention in San Francisco, California, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is Mayor of Puget City, and is proud of his rough and tumble ... See full summary »

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George Sidney
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Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Steve Fisk
Loretta Young ... Clarissa Standish
Frank Morgan ... Fire Chief Duggan
Marilyn Maxwell ... Sheila the 'Atom' Dancer
Raymond Burr ... Les Taggart
James Gleason ... Sergeant Hogan
Lewis Stone ... Judge Silas Standish
Raymond Walburn ... Mayor Billy Butler
Pamela Britton ... Miss Unconscious
Zamah Cunningham Zamah Cunningham ... Mrs. Butler
Clinton Sundberg ... Mark Mont Desk Clerk
Marion Martin ... Emmy
Bert Freed ... Emmy's Husband
Emory Parnell ... Council Chairman
Clara Blandick ... Liza, Silas' housekeeper
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At a Mayor's convention in San Francisco, California, ex-longshoreman Steve Fisk meets Clarissa Standish from New England. Fisk is Mayor of Puget City, and is proud of his rough and tumble background. Standish is Mayor of Winona, Maine, and is equally proud of her education and dedication to the people who elected her. Thrown together, the two opposites attract, and their escapades during the convention get each of them in hot water back home. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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They click like a key in a lock. (One-sheet poster). See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

The scenes taking place in Chinatown, San Francisco, were filmed in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California. Production also included interiors of the "Rice Bowl" restaurant, as well as the bar areas. They were not sets on a Hollywood stage, but the real locations. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Steve (Gable) and Les (Burr) are fighting, the handkerchief in Steve's jacket pocket is even across the top. The camera switches to Les, then back to Steve and the left side of the handkerchief is higher than the right. Not long after, both sides are even again. Then towards the end of the fight, the handkerchief is missing completely although we didn't see it fall. See more »

Quotes

Francis - Newspaper Photographer: Some people are born with a nose for the news. You can always tell a good newspaperman by the way he smells.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, the names all have "house keys" shown in the name. See more »

Connections

Featured in Clark Gable: Tall, Dark and Handsome (1996) See more »

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San Francisco
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Music by Walter Jurmann and Bronislau Kaper
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typical '50s fluff
25 December 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Clark Gable and Loretta Young star in "Key to the City," a 1950 film featuring Frank Morgan, Marilyn Maxwell, and Raymond Burr.

Young plays Clarissa Standish, a somewhat uptight small-town mayor who attends a gubernatorial convention in San Francisco and runs into the somewhat wilder Mayor of Puget Sound, Steve Fisk (Gable). Before you know it, the two are innocently involved in one scandal after another, the first when a night club they are in is raided, and the second when they're both wearing Halloween costumes and a policeman thinks Fisk is trying to force himself on a young girl, Clarissa being in a little girl costume. Despite Clarissa's exasperation with Fisk, she falls for him.

This is a cute, predictable comedy starring two of the most attractive people from Hollywood's golden era, both of whom still look great, but who are now forced into inferior fare. Films were competing with television, so they were trying to be more like television, right down to the black and white film. This was the type of film producers gave older actresses: Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Young; all but Colbert and Crawford would go on to have tremendous success in television.

One bad section: the fight between Gable and Burr. The doubles for them were horrendous,looking nothing like them, making the scene ridiculous.

Mildly enjoyable, with the performances by Gable, Young, and Morgan elevating it.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1950 (UK) See more »

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